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A Calling for all KWPCSG Members – Get Fit with Di!

A Calling for all KWPCSG Members – Get Fit with Di!

Di Fox is the co-founder and director at Active-Always Health and Well Being Ltd. Each week Di runs a keep fit session for our Group members and their partners. The exercises are designed to improve fitness and core strength with corresponding benefits for well being...

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Stories and Experiences

1- I NEVER SAW THAT COMING!

1- I NEVER SAW THAT COMING!

I got my diagnosis of prostate cancer in July 2019. CT scans and biopsies showed that it was metastatic and had already moved to the lymph nodes in my abdomen and pelvis, one node the size of a cricket ball, others the size of golf balls. Ironically, in the early...

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The story of Phil Rudd: Par for the Round So Far

The story of Phil Rudd: Par for the Round So Far

In 2013 when I retired at 60, I decided I would have a “Wellman check” every year at my local Droitwich medical centre. Everything was fine at first, but at no time was a PSA test or the prostate gland mentioned. In 2016 two friends who were fellow golf club members...

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Peter Tomlinson: Moving On, Moving Forward

Peter Tomlinson: Moving On, Moving Forward

Peter Tomlinson has given talks to our PCSG members in Kidderminster and Pershore about his life and his own prostate cancer journey. In the first of two articles we chart his career to the time he moved to Ombersley. I interviewed Peter Tomlinson on a day when he had...

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I Never Saw That Coming

9 – BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE

15th December 2023 (day 1648 since my diagnosis):  Find myself in an ambulance on the way to Worcestershire Royal Hospital. 45 minutes earlier I was undergoing an ECG at the medical centre as part of the investigation into my low blood pressure. I went to stand up...

8 – THE NEWS I DREADED

Back in October 2019, when I first came under the care of the wonderful Oncology team at Worcester, I knew that my future was the palliative pathway. I would undergo a series of delaying treatments, but eventually I would exhaust the options and that would be it. So...

7 – IT TAKES A LOT OF EFFORT BEING SICK

I decided to go up to Blackpool to spend my 65th birthday with my younger brother and niece. Once again, I found myself at the bowling alley and crazy golf course. I am not claiming victory at either contest, but I did get a strike and a hole-in-one. The highlight...

6 – GETTING BACK TO NORMAL

It may seem strange to hear from an individual that is well into his 3 to 5 years - but I have enjoyed the last 18 months. Even ignoring some health scares, one including putting a camera where adults really should not put cameras. The pandemic was a challenge, to...

5 – I’M NOT THE SAME PERSON NOW!

I was always a solitary individual. My nature ultimately served me well working in Borneo and Sulawesi in Indonesia. A team of engineers would install a radar, then one of the team stayed for a period, usually four months, to help train and offer advice on the...

4 – FOURTH TIME LUCKY!

In early 2019, before I even knew what my prostate did or where it was located, I had planned a short holiday in Jersey. My diagnosis, subsequent treatment and Covid meant I had to cancel plans on three occasions.The 25th August 2022, 1171 days after starting out on...

3- IS IT ME?

The last few months have been difficult. My PSA has been rising since the start of the year. In September, as you are reading the magazine, it is likely that my doctor will be offering another course of treatment. I thought I would cheer myself up by going to...

2 – WHEN I WOKE UP ONE MORNING

Earlier this year I woke up and was immediately aware of a sensation that had eluded me for the past 30 months. I had thought that a certain part of my anatomy was beyond help. Just short of three years on, hormone therapy, radiotherapy to the prostate and 11 months...

1- I NEVER SAW THAT COMING!

I got my diagnosis of prostate cancer in July 2019. CT scans and biopsies showed that it was metastatic and had already moved to the lymph nodes in my abdomen and pelvis, one node the size of a cricket ball, others the size of golf balls. Ironically, in the early...