A live report from the front line.

Hi everyone. I know from the phone-calls and texts that everyone is keen to know the results of the recent scan. Long story short. They weren’t great. We went in hoping for the best, but prepared for the worse, and I suppose what we ended up with was somewhere in-between. In spite of eight rounds of chemo, the cancer has continued to grow, although thankfully it hasn’t spread. Just taking a few quiet days to adjust to the new reality. Jo and I are going away for the weekend to gather our thoughts and regroup. Guess you could say we are a little down but not out. I will try and write at more length over the next day or two. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Linds.

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  1. Angus says:

    Look, you probably get hounded by well intentioned people with news of things you should try and I’m sorry if you’re tired of it. And, for what it’s worth, I’m an advertising strategist (sorry) fond of logic, a fundamental atheist and one of the most cynical cynics you would ever wish to meet. And yet, three people in my extended family have been told ‘there’s nothing more we can do for you’ when it comes to the big C and all have organised for a shipment of http://www.ukrain.ua/ (my step-father is Austrian, hence knowing about it) and found accommodating doctors to inject it and all three are, for now, fine. Might be worth a shot. All the best.

  2. Tricia Hollingum says:

    Shit !! Big hugs and lots of love flying across the ethos to you from me and Rich. xxxxx

  3. will atkinson says:

    Hi Linds,

    As always the Guardian says it best:


    Have a good break the two of you.
    Keep on.

  4. Angus says:

    PS. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8899345 (I know, I know, take it with a pinch of salt, but still, surely worth a shot)

  5. Ian and Celia says:

    Hi Linds and Jo
    Hope you have re-grouped over your weekend away.
    The Guardianisms are so true and I guess are meant to help the ‘well wishers’ rather than the poor sod who’s got the cancer – but wouldn’t it be great if your Mum really was in an acrobatic circus troup (replacement hips probably not helpful)!!


    Ian and Celia

  6. Kenny Harris says:

    Lindsay and Jo – enjoy your weekend together.
    Love, Kenny and Diane

  7. Peter Barker says:

    Not so good news but as you say not the worst.
    Aroha to you and your family from me and mine.

  8. At least it’s a live report.

  9. Dear Friend,

    I feel ambivalent about visiting your blog.
    You hook us in with your insights and delightful language.
    And, that aside, we all just care about you and have fingers crossed about therapies and feet on the ground about life.
    In a way I know how you feel.
    I launched into blogging about my condition.
    And after a very few posts I realised I was just like everyone else and the clock was ticking.
    What fascinated me was what was happening to me.
    It was as if I was an observer and a participant at the same time.
    So I know that there is a point where one just runs out of steam.
    I became less fascinated by myself.
    I accepted the scars would heal.
    The birds would sing.
    My friends would just be grateful for another glib conversation.
    An the sun would rise and sink whether I am there to observe it or not.

    Bottom line (much as I hate that expression).

    You are such a lovely writer – what say you share your thoughts about being alive. Go for quantity and stuff quality (on percentages you’ll be fine).

    Get cracking.

    There’s more to our inevitable demise than contemplating same.

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