Thursday, 8 November 2012

Hitting the target

I've got some good news to report regarding the fundraising that I've been doing. I originally set myself a target of raising £1000 for Cancer Research UK, I'm really pleased to say that I've now hit that target thanks to the generosity of family, friends and colleagues. The total stood at £1002 as at 7th November.
My sincere thanks to all who have contributed - £2000 is the next target!

I had my most recent chemotherapy back on the 30th/31st October. The side effects took a slightly different course this time around, I've had much more fatigue than in previous cycles though I'm pleased to say I'm feeling a lot livelier again today. 
I've now completed seven cycles of treatment using Trabectedin. I had a CT scan today to check on how my tumours are responding. In addition to scanning my abdomen and chest, the oncologist also had them scan my head. I was beginning to think that the docs had forgotten the mysterious brain problems that I had right back at the start of my illness but clearly I was wrong. The doctors were never able to work out what had caused the brain issues though they thought that these must be related to my cancer. I should get the results from today's scan at my next oncology appointment on 22nd November. 
I don't seem to have done a very good job this year in terms of autumnal photography. Here's one from a recent trip to the National Trust's Stourhead, it was too early for the best of the colour but the scenic walk around the lake is beautiful at any time of the year.

This fine red deer stag was keeping a very close eye on his ladies; this shot was taken early on a frosty October morning at Ashton Court in Bristol.

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