z10 – THE LAST CHANCE SALOON

z10 – THE LAST CHANCE SALOON

February 2024 (day 1703 since the journey started). I have an appointment at the Royal Marsden. It is my third visit and we find out if I have been selected to take part in the trial. I had been aware since my first visit that I was anaemic with a haemoglobin result...
8 – THE NEWS I DREADED

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...
9 – BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE

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...

Ian Smith : A Year Like No Other

2022 was always going to be a big year for my family. My daughter was due to give birth to our first grandchild in the April and I was due to retire on 31st May. Our grandson Milo was duly born on 27th April. Just 13 days later, my wife Lit died at home at the age of...
6 – GETTING BACK TO NORMAL

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,...