Bernard is banished

This will, I hope, be the last post about Bernard, the angry lump they found in my bowel a few months ago, because I had the Urology people from Bristol on the phone this afternoon, and the short version is that the adrenal gland lump was benign, and as for the bowel, while the lump was cancerous, no lymphs were affected, and there was no spread. So, no need for chemo – basically, they got it.

Obviously there will be scans every year, just in case, but right now, Bernard has been banished. I obviously feel a huge sense of relief, but as I’ve said before, I also feel just so incredibly lucky that they accidentally found it in the first place, and found it early, and then got it out so successfully before it had a chance to spread. They’re a great team at Southmead Hospital, and are currently working under even more strain than ever, but nonetheless, they were just brilliant. I know there are many many others of you out there who haven’t been so lucky as me, and you have my every sympathy. There but for the grace of the gods etc.

Three weeks or so on from the operation, and I’m almost past the stage of needing naps, although it will be another week or so before I can stop injecting myself with the blood-thinning stuff. I was given a piece of advice about that from a fellow cancer sufferer – do the injection before you go to bed, that way the light-headedness can be absorbed into normal sleep. It was good advice.

I hope these blogs have helped some of you, as others’ blogs in turn helped me, and I wish you all well, and the best of luck if you find yourself in this unfortunate position.

All the best,

Alastair xx


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