November 11th 2015
I'm okay at the moment. I need another check-up scan in January, but will also be having an operation on my right eye in early January to counteract the side-effects of the radiation I've had in the past. The operation will open the lacrimal duct which the radiation has slightly blocked, and will stop my right eye from being sore and watery every time I go outside. The left eye was operated on several years back and so far I've had no more trouble. Not looking forward to another general anaesthetic, but hey, ho, it's got to be done.
November 24th 2015
Organised a great party at the weekend in the village hall for my youngest son Matthew, who is now 30. It makes me feel old! Caterers, disco and barman did a grand job. Thanks to all who came along and brought presents!
January 26th 2016
What a great day I had yesterday! Not only do I have a non-watery eye now after the DCR operation on 7th January, I also now have a clear ultrasound scan at the moment and a normal bone profile. I shall never know whether this is due to the surgery I had or the healing, but whoever is responsible for my new-found healthy body this is just to let them know that I am eternally grateful! Just for added insurance I've booked another session of healing on April 4th!
February 3rd 2016
I've just joined the Facebook group Thyroid Cancer UK (please see link below). It's a great place to meet other thyroid cancer sufferers and learn about their treatment journeys. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1004224852933944/
March 12th 2016
Celebrating having found a good publisher for my latest novel (all my novels are written under a pseudonym) , who is also interested in my back catalogue. I'm slowly building up my author platform from the comfort of my front room; I think it's the best job I've ever had! If I hadn't had cancer in the first place, I'd still be working as a medical secretary......
August 4th 2016
Just received another clear ultrasound scan. Very pleased! Check ups have now stretched to every 6 months instead of 3.
August 29th 2016
Also received a normal mammogram! The gods are smiling on me at the moment. I'll try not to make them angry again....
November 8th 2016
I now have a WordPress blog! You can find me on https://cancerthyroid.wordpress.com/
January 10th 2017
Happy New Year! Let's hope it's a healthy one as well as a happy one!
April 25th 2017
What an eventful year it has been so far, and not what I was expecting either. I'm writing it all down in my new book, and will publish just as soon as I can.
August 10th 2017
Yes, life has dealt me a few lemons this year, but I'm feeling okay at the moment and will publish 'Relapse!' on September 1st. Watch out for it!
August 30th 2017
'Relapse!' is published. Here's the worldwide purchase link: http://bookShow.me/B07571NYWG
November 29th 2017
Feeling okay still. Had a clear scan last week, and don't have to go back for another 6 months! The lymphoedema nurses are helping me to manage poor lymph drainage due to surgery and radiotherapy, so it looks as though I'll be enjoying my holiday home on the Isle of Wight for another year at least, hopefully more!
April 28th 2018
Have learned how to manage the lymphoedema, which involves sleeping virtually sitting up! Still, I expect there are many people worse off than me. Going for my 6 month ultrasound scan in a fortnight. Still in remission as far as I know. Fingers crossed...
Yes, I've had another clear scan with a further scan in 6 months' time. Just living with the legacy of thyroid cancer now, which I've described in 'Relapse!'
I've published a new book this week - no, not another cancer guide, but a book about the Isle of Wight, my favourite place on earth. Have a look in the 'New Book' section to find out more.
January 3rd 2019
Happy New Year! I'm still cancer-free as we go into 2019. Life is for living, and I'm going to live it! Book 4 in the 'Living With Thyroid Cancer' series is to be published on 29th January 2019, my youngest grandson's birthday.
Another clear scan last week! My books are now being formatted for a print-on-demand service via Ingram Spark.
Have taken up country dancing and cycling and am fitter than I've felt in a long time. We take our bikes over to the Isle of Wight, and enjoy finding flat cycling tracks to pedal along. The best thing I've ever bought is my holiday home at St. Helens!
Looking forward to going back to the Isle of Wight and our new holiday home, which we upgraded from the previous one just before Christmas. We'd love to retire to the Island, but realise we wouldn't see very much of our family. By the way, we're going to be grandparents again for the 5th time in July! It'll be great to cuddle a little warm bundle again - the youngest grandchild is 5 now and is up and running.
At last we are slowly coming out of lock-down. Phil and I took the bikes up to High Lodge, Thetford today (10/6/20). People were so pleased to be out in the sunshine and cycling along the trails. We've spent the entire lock-down doing much needed jobs around the house, but now we're ready to enjoy the summer!