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The continuing saga of the pain in the neck

Unfortunately, the post-surgery plan for removing the cyst didn’t work out, and I’m back to daily dressing changes for the next few days and every other day for goodness knows how long after that. A swab of the wound on the back of my neck which my GP took five days...

Shared experiences

The media attention in June and July resulted in some real gems. One of them is a fellow pancreatic cancer patient I am now in email contact with. He is in late 60s and like me was diagnosed with exocrine pancreatic cancer in October last year. His early experience of...

Surgery over and I’m home again

It all went really well at North Shore hospital yesterday and the surgery has set me free. I was instructed to turn up at 8am. My sister got me there at 7am as there were no traffic problems, so we had plenty of time to sit around and prepare for what lay ahead. After...

Booked for surgery

On Monday 4 July I met first a registrar with a student in tow, then the surgeon and discussed my need for surgery to fix the cyst. The surgeon agreed to fit me in as soon as possible, but warned me that he may not be able to provide a permanent fix, and that I may...