I just wanted to finish 2016 with a few thoughts on the last 12 months, or more specifically the last four months!
At the start of 2106 I never would have thought that I would be ending the year being treated for cancer, I mean, this just doesn’t happen to me, it happens to other people, surely? Who would believe that a married couple could both be diagnosed with cancer within a couple of years of each other. Doesn’t sound very fair does it?
But, why not us or me, why should we be spared?
For me, it has been a very humbling experience, I am one of the lucky ones, or so it feels. I was diagnosed early, I was able to access treatment quickly in a private hospital, I got lucky with both my consultant and oncologist (everyone I talk to who knows about these things tell me that these guys are ‘the best’) and they have both treated me very well, both surgically and on a personal level.
During my treatment I was cared for by the staff at the private clinic I was treated at with respect and dignity and suffered very few side effects.
I don’t appear to have any ‘late side effects’ (these are those that come after you have finished treatment) and generally feel well.
So, when you consider how this could have gone, I do feel very fortunate.
I am also lucky enough to have the best family & friends to look out for me, you could make this journey (oh yeah, I’m using the J word!) on your own but it does make it much easier knowing that you are carrying the good wishes and love from these fantastic people with you. Just knowing they are thinking about you really does help.
I won’t name names but every singe one of you has helped, either practically or emotionally, I really do appreciate what you have done for both me & Paula over this last few months. Thank you so much.
I have also been overwhelmed with the messages of support that I have received from my clients, some of which are reading this. I am just their mortgage broker but really do appreciate the comments and messages I have received, some by text, some by email and some have called me to ask how I am doing.
I cannot finish this without thanking my wife, Paula, for her support. Paula had cancer in 2015 and so I know that this has not been easy for her as it has brought back a lot of unpleasant memories. But, she has never complained and has been there with me every step of the way. She cared for me whilst I was in pain at the start of my treatment which at times, rendered me unable to do very much and continues to care for me. The next few days will be tough for her worrying about what the 5th Jan will hold but I know whatever the results, she will be by my side.
To have the love of such a great wife at times like these, means a lot, thank you Paula, I love you with all my heart.
So, you see, I am a lucky guy.
Money cannot buy what I have and looking around you enables you to see that not everyone is as fortunate enough to have the love and support that I have.
So, as 2016 comes to an end and 2017 is nearly upon us, take some advice if you will:
– You know your body, if anything changes that you should be worried about, go and talk to your doctor, it may save your life
– Tell those that you love and love you, how much they mean to you, every day.
I wish all of you a very happy and most importantly a healthy New Year, let’s see what 2017 has in store for us all!!!