And so it begins

It was with great enthusiasm we looked into the arrival of 2020. After a rather awful year for Linda and not much going on for me, 2020 was starting out really well. Linda settling into a new job and I was getting getting a whole load of web projects to work on.

2020 was going to be a great year!

Just a few days into January it all came tumbling down.

I was diagnosed with throat cancer.

Squamous cell carcinoma of the throat to be precise.

 

A brief update

By craig | March 11, 2020 | 2 Comments

We can make it if we try Linda came home on Sunday afternoon. Physically she’s doing great but struggles at times with her speech and getting words out. Understandably she gets very frustrated and upset. She also developed a hacking cough which has been keeping her awake at night and this doesn’t help her as…

Another drama

By craig | March 7, 2020 | 4 Comments
drama

Another tragedy I don’t know the person who wrote the script, who crafted the words, who set the scenes and opened the curtain on the play that we, the innocent actors bring to life. Because that is how it feels – like an uncontrolled cascade of events, a never ending series of obstacles and a…

Chapter 2 Starts

By craig | March 4, 2020 | 1 Comment
fat singer

It’s not over until…. Firstly and most importantly Linda and I want to thank everyone who has posted well wishes, thoughts and prayers today. There have been an enormous amount of them, and also a lot of questions. Today has been so traumatic that I simply cannot answer every question and thank every person individually.…

Surgery day

By craig | March 3, 2020 | 4 Comments
surgery

One chapter ends…. So, now the first part of this story is drawing to a close. It has been a journey of seven weeks, a ton of worry, stress and tiredness. I’ve done all I can do. Linda has done all she can do. We are both worn out. When I first got diagnosed I…

It never rains…..

By craig | February 26, 2020 | 9 Comments
it never rains

you know what comes next….. I didn’t think I’d be writing a post this week as everything was going swimmingly!!! Health insurance kicks in on Sunday – yes! On Monday I also signed up for dental insurance on a really good plan and that kicked in yesterday – yes!!!!!! I arranged an appointment to get…

Countdown

By craig | February 15, 2020 | 4 Comments
countdown

Countdown to March 4th, surgery day. The clock is ticking steadily down to my day of reckoning and the visitation with Madame La Guillotine! I have to say it is a bittersweet time. Looking forward to getting rid of the cancer but absolutely dreading the process that has to be gone through to get there.…

The winner takes it all

By craig | February 10, 2020 | 13 Comments
the winner

Maybe miracles do happen…. Shock and horror accompany a diagnosis of cancer. The shock of knowing you have cancer and the horror at knowing paying for treatment will be impossible. Linda and myself looked at the options and none of them were good. I have lived in the USA for just over 20 years and…

The Turn of a Friendly Card

By craig | February 4, 2020 | 4 Comments
card game

The Winner Takes it All I’m not doing a happy dance, nor a victory roll but I am feeling cautiously optimistic. We’re in a card game. We can only progress when certain cards come into play and right now we are waiting for the second card to be dealt. When that happens and more importantly,…

An ‘I’ Post

By craig | February 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
An I Post

I before me except after you A roller-coaster week. So much has happened and much of it seems like a blur. I find it difficult to place what happened on which day and now, here we are at Sunday…was last Sunday only a week ago? There is so much to do and I’m struggling to…

Cold, Wet and Nasty

By craig | January 31, 2020 | 2 Comments
cold, wet and nasty

A moany post! Cold, Wet and Nasty A cold, wet and nasty miserable day today! Cold, wet, damp, gloomy….if you imagine we live in a sun-drenched paradise then please come and visit North West Florida in January. It can be just as downright unpleasant as anywhere I know…. That said it is supposed to be…