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Sixth chemotherapy marathon completed

Over the weekend, I had a lovely time pottering gently around in my garden, doing a bit of weeding, something that was utterly impossible prior to the reduction in the dose of the chemo drugs. This makes contemplating continuing with the chemo regime I have been...

Organising my next CT scan

At my last appointment with Dr S, he asked me if I had received an appointment for the next CT scan. He said he had ordered one at the beginning of January for the week beginning 22 February. I hadn’t had a letter, but hoped I would get one soon. Ten days later I...

Fifth chemotherapy marathon completed

At the oncology appointment prior to my fifth round of chemotherapy last week Dr S told me the pancreatic cancer biomarker (CA 19-9) had reduced from 9,500 to 7,700. He also said he would continue with the lower dose of the four chemo drugs I am on as I feel better in...

Visiting my favourite kauri trees

There are a few places in New Zealand that have played a hugely important part in my life. Trounson Kauri Park and the Waipoua Forest are at the top of that short list. Aware of this, a close friend organised a trip north for the two of us. If it were not for her I...