Hello everyone. There's been good news as you know, and unfortunately bad news too. It's been a difficult couple of weeks as you will have gathered from my previous post. I was also yesterday diagnosed with a case of chronic graft versus host disease so have been feeling less than 100% for a little while - just as it looked like I was getting back on my feet. Well, at least it gives me something else to bore you with at a future date!
I really wanted to take this opportunity to reply to some of the fabulous comments I have received regarding being given the all clear. I don't get chance to go online everyday but again the level of support has been incredible so here we go.
Mohammed - thanks for getting in touch and for your kind words. I'm really sorry to hear about your niece. Her treatment will be hard but I have found the love and support and family and friends is invaluable. It will be difficult but lots of people, all around the world, do make full recoveries every day from this dreadful disease. Every different type of leukaemia is different, as is its treatment. If I can help you, your niece and your family in anyway, please drop me another comment and I will email you back.
Hi Liz - Love your comments. It's really good just to be able to think about normal things, like footie, and England playing well definitely gave me a boost. I was in isolation when Forest got dumped out of the play-offs by Yeovil. I was at one of my lowest points so thanks a lot for that lads!
Annie - Thanks again for your support. I hope you liked the comment I posted on your site. Sincere best wishes to you and Steven. Great stuff that Glivec!
Pat and all at Press Gazette - Cheers for the interest and following the story. I always joke with the lads at work that a negative outcome would have probably made for a better tale but you can't have everything!
Hi Julie G. Thanks for being such a good friend and delighted to hear your good news too.
Susan Leigh - It does feel good having that bloody line out and when your time comes I PROMISE it doesn't hurt! Really good luck with your transplant. There are so many success stories out there and it can be a fantastic cure for leukaemia. If you would ever like to get in touch feel free to post another comment and I can get hold of your email and reply to you personally. Best wishes.
Nicole Martin - Hi Nicole. Delighted that you have been given the all clear. It must have been incredibly difficult going through treatment like this with a young child as well. Many thanks for getting in touch. Where in Sheffield do you live?
Hi Jacquie - Really sorry to hear about your son's close friend losing his fight against cancer. It's s such a difficult time and I know from experience that words don't really make it any easier so I won't ramble on. On a lighter note I was in Leeds last week and virtually bumped into Katherine Tate as she attended the premiere of her latest film at the Vue cinema. Small world eh? I resisted the urge to go up to her and irritate her with any of her catchphrases.
Alison- Thanks for your kind words Alison. I know how much they have helped me and my family.
Samantha - Thanks so much for getting in touch.
Andy, Anne, Tom and Harry - Thank you for all your comments and supporting my family in the way you have. Auntie Mary has also written to me and I will get back to her in the coming days. It's great to hear from you all and I hope life is treating you all well.
Thanks Jon - All the best to you too.
Laura Oakley - How go is it? Bloody lovely to hear from you. I hope you are pleased that your token northern friend is hopefully on the mend. My mates in Huddersfield always laugh at me when I tell them that in Essex (where we did our journalism course together) people thought I sounded really northern. You've not heard anything yet. As my good friend Jacko once remarked I'm like little Lord Fontelroy up here.When I get back on my feet will be heading down to London- would be great if you and any other Harlow members could be there. Still in touch with Will, Ash (recently wed) and Lucy Twitchin.
Laura Garbas: Hi Laura. Your kind words are really appreciated. So sorry to hear about your cousin. Leukaemia truly is such a cruel and indiscriminate disease. Determined to make the best of the opportunity I have been given. Please pass on my regards to all those at the NCTJ - and if you know Lisa, Sara and Ken, please say hello.
Rob Irvine - Thanks Rob. I saw that you gave over one of your posts to promote my blog. Much appreciated and thanks so much for your interest.
Rob - Cheers dude. What are you up to these days?
Danny Holland and Craig Graney - Not seen you lads for a while but thanks so much for your support and interest. I hope everything in Pinxton/Normo is going ok. Maybe one day I will be fit enough to re-visit Ches or Le Mansfield for a night out. Ben says you are still playing 5aside too. Would be excellent one day to get fit again, have a kick around, then sup a lager shandy in the Miners. Take it easy and peace out.
Lynda Lawrence - I hope TV captured the real me; the cold, relentless hack that you at Residents Against Windturbines know only too well. It would be really good to get back to work and start reporting on some of these important local issues again. Best wishes to you, your family (I think I met your husband and daughter once) and all those campaigning for their local area.
Liz Boffey - I think your description of this disease as "awful" really sums it up. I'm sorry about your bad news, it must have been devastating to lose Will at just 22. It's only people like you who have any idea what a nightmare leukaemia is for the sufferer and those closest to them. For you to have supported me in this way, in such a positive and encouraging fashion, can only inspire me to make the most of the tremendous opportunity it looks like I have been given. All my thoughts and best wishes.
Hi Dawn - Thanks for all your comments over the last couple of months. Hope you like the comment I have recently posted on Rebecca's site. Sounds like things are looking up for her and your family. Thinking about you.
Natalie Willacy- Thank you so much for taking time to comment on my site. There has been so much support especially from people like yourself who know what fighting cancer is really like. You are so right, the support of friends and family is a huge help. I wish your mum all the best for her treatment but I imagine you are giving her some tremendous support, which is all you can do. I really hope your mum and family get some good news soon. ADx
Dear Jan and Paula - I could never forget you! You truly were the stars of the Total Body Irradiation video (number 4) and I've been told you did a wonderful job. That's one of the videos I still find too difficult to watch but everyone who's seen it said you were both excellent. When I get over this last hurdle I will come in and see you. Once again you both helped make one of the most difficult times in my life much more bearable so thanks once more. See you soon
Local- Hi, sorry I don't know your name. My plans now are to get my strength back and start exercising again. That is why this latest news of the chronic graft versus host disease has been such a smack in the teeth. It sounds a bit pathetic but I'd just like to get back to normal life, including work!
Mark Leighton- Hello! Great to hear from you again. When I'm better would be great to see you again. Where are you living now and how is medicine treating you (no pun)? Anymore outings as the Incrdible Hulk/robot dancing?
Brigitte Balestra- Merci Brigitte, vous etes tres gentile!