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Death and dying in the media

Over the summer I have been acutely aware of the media’s focus on cancer, new over-priced cancer drugs, and death and dying. I am facing my own death and dying at a time when these issues are being debated at a national level. It’s a weird feeling, given that I am...

Less is better

Five days after my last chemo session and I am feeling so much better than I was after the previous one. The 20% reduction in the dose of each of the four chemotherapy drugs seems to have worked in that I am not totally depleted in energy the way I have been in the...

Fourth chemotherapy session completed

At my pre-chemo session with Dr S on Tuesday I turned up with my usual list of questions. As I had spent several hours on Thursday in Acute Oncology having X-rays, more blood tests, and various other examinations and tests due to several days of having more pain in my...

Food and pain

After a really bad post-chemo week which included not being able to face the thought of food I have been grieving the loss of what was once an important part of my life – growing some of my own food, preparing and cooking meals and eating. I now have no appetite at...

Third chemotherapy marathon completed

I approached yesterday’s third chemotherapy marathon with less trepidation than the first two. For one thing I had had an extra week between what are supposed to be fortnightly sessions and after a wonderful week at Pukehina beach I was feeling better than I have felt...