About this blog

Welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy reading it. I have tried to mix information on my journey with prostate cancer (and now immunethrombocytopenia) with thoughts on life in general. After all whatever is happening on the medical front, life goes on and I don’t want to be defined by my cancer (or platelet count).

Why did I start writing this blog?  Well at the end of March 2016 I had my first Chemotherapy session. Up until then it had all been a bit surreal – I felt fine (apart from having what I term my “Bryson issue” after the title of his latest book) but I was going through loads of tests which told me I had a problem – prostate cancer (pc). So I thought I would share my journey. In September my journey took another twist when my platelet levels plummeted and Immune (or Idiopathic) Thrombocytopenia (itp) was diagnosed.

Hopefully it will be interesting and amusing and not doom and gloom. You don’t have to read it – but if you do I hope you enjoy reading it. For me it makes a change from writing meeting minutes!   I appreciate that my journey may not be as dramatic or as hard as many people’s, and I take my hat off to them. But it is my journey and it is new to me and if I can amuse and inform while I am on it so much the better.

Where should you start? You could try Hang on, let’s just step back a bit.  for why and how I got my diagnosis or  Three days, three needles for my first chemotherapy session.  You can then follow my blog chronologically, just like reading a book, with the links at the bottom of the page. If your interest is ITP, start with A new word.

Alternatively my Post Listing page is a quick guide to the posts I have published for anyone who wants to glance through the blog and find things of interest. I have split it between Life in General and Prostate Cancer/Chemotherapy/ITP etc. although some posts appear in both columns.

Thirdly if you just visit this blog occasionally you can use the sidebar on the left to see my most Recent Posts (you will of course miss some great gems from my earlier posts if you do that) or you can select by Category or Tag. If you are only interested in my blogging on Life in General then click on Life in General in the Categories listed on the left, while if you want to find my entries about Chemotherapy then do the same for Chemotherapy. You can also click on relevant Tags in the “Tag Cloud” further down the sidebar on the left. (There are far more different Tags than there are Categories).

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