Three years clear!

22239_245584604708_511244708_3137715_6127093_nThis is always a difficult time of year for me. Firstly, 7 December is our daughter Louise’s birthday. She would have been 27 last week, but instead she is forever a glorious 21 – young and beautiful. We celebrated her life with some close friends at the Bench last week and later in the Steele’s where we held her wake.

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At the Bench

 

It was three years ago, the day before Louise’s birthday, that I had my soft tissue sarcoma removed. I was lucky to survive that operation with my leg and life intact, and since then we have been counting the years of recovery. My surgeon says ‘Three years, small party; five years big party; ten years gigantic party’. If I get to the ten years then I can breathe a huge sigh of relief. Until then the six-monthly tests continue.

 

This time the run-up to the tests have been more stressful than usual as I lost my health insurance when we returned to London. I thought it would be easy to get a transfer to the NHS. How wrong I was. I battled with my GP and Camden for 3 months, but luckily my lovely radiologist Dr Miah from the Royal Marsden Sarcoma Unit managed to effect the transfer from her end. I had to provide three proofs of address as well as a passport – so to all you who complain about NHS tourists, all I can say is they are most rigorous!

So it was that yesterday I returned to the Marsden where I had my radiotherapy and was greeted by an all enveloping hug by the diminutive Dr Miah. I was seen and x-rayed and given the all clear all within an hour. That is until the next tests.

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Orchids at the Flower Dome in Singapore

But until then I will continue to follow my recipe for life – healthy eating (no dairy or red meat), yoga and Pilates 3-4 times per week, the lingzhi tablets now supplemented with some essential oil drops and, yes, some moderate drinking, all combined with a good dollop of hopeful activities – travelling and writing. So merry Christmas dear followers, and let’s hope 2017 is another healthy year for all of us. Carpe Diem!

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Louise touches lives even after her death – these Big Issue sellers decorated the Bench with tinsel and left this note

Here is a link to Little London Lou – listen and dance. ‘You were sunshine’

 

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