Well I have now survived into my second year since my diagnosis of OC. What a journey this has been. In no way wishing to appear insensitive to those who may not have been as fortunate as myself, or who are just starting on that journey? I wanted to wish Seasons Greetings and thank those who helped me to get to where I am today.
To Peter Jones who diagnosed me at the Summerfield Hospital In Maidstone , Kent. Peter diagnosed when a CT scan missed the tumour. His belief in his own diagnosis, saved my life. He insisted on an endoscopy and did it himself. He told me the news with great empathy, honesty and courage.
He referred me to the wonderful James Gossage at St Thomas's in London. I could (and maybe should) write a book of superlatives about James and his surgical team. He just never gives up. Every call, email and message, is answered honestly, quickly and with an assurance that just oozes trust. His Transchiatal Oesophagectomy removed my cancer and had me back at home and on the road to recovery within 10 days of admission to St Thomas's. To this day he he still offers to meet me and has personally carried out many dilations (stretches) on my throat and stomach exit. All of these done with no drama's and no discomfort. He reached out to my wife before and after the surgery which was a massive comfort to her and my daughters.
What could I say about the nursing team on the Westminster Ward in St Thomas's? Beautiful, caring and selfless people. They supported us through the surgery and recovery. They allowed me dignity and were just wonderful to us as a family.
To Justin Waters and his Oncology team at Maidstone Hospital who saw me through my various chemotherapy regimes and maybe more than most had to witness my fear and sickness. But they always smiled and always made me feel that I was special.
To the people who give their time on here with encouragement and real life stories that give us all help and hope.
So there you go. Sounds like an OSCARS speech and I have probably missed people but have not meant to.
Have a great Christmas folks.