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all clear!

Morning All

I got my five year all clear yesterday. It has been a long and at times arduous five years but I have reached the milestone. My medical team deserve huge thanks and the support of family and friends (including you) has been vital. After a pint I celebrated with a three course meal of crab beignets, grilled smoked haddock and ice cream. That was washed down with a decent Sauvignon Blanc. And an espresso. A three course meal doesn't always work. Sometimes it gives me cramps or makes me sleep or reappears. Last night it was almost like old times.

In the morning I received an email saying "Dear Dr Soper " , the formal advice that I'd got a PhD. What a day. What a day. All I need now is for Leicestershire County Cricket team to beat Glamorgan over the weekend ; a third miracle.

H

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All wonderful news. Enjoy and be well!

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Happy days. Celebrations.

Congratulations on 5year survivor badge and doctorate. All smiles here. Thanks.

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Well done Howard its always great to reach the 5 year milestone.

Phil

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Fantastic news! Keep well and best wishes

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Always fantastic to hear positive uplifting news , bravo !

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That's wonderful news. I'm also so pleased to hear about the amount you were able to eat! I'm only 15 weeks after the operation and still getting used to very small portions so glad it might get better. Congratulations again.

Carol

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Good luck Carol. I remember setting myself eating targets. First was fish and chips. Then meat. Then steak and chips. This allowed me to measure progress. As I said I still have an unpredictable digestive system but I am here. H

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Congratulations on reaching 5 years and for your PhD. I hope your good health continues.

Great to hear Good news

Debbie

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Congratulations! Such good news!

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Congratulations, it is great to hear the positives. Good luck with everything in the future.

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Wonderful news

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SO thrilled for you and your family Haward xxx

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Congratulations! The five year marker ✅ a three course meal✅ a PhD ✅oh well done👏👏👏 Leicester/Glamorgan❓Fingers crossed!😊

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In a very exciting game Leicester did beat Glamorgan. Just. H

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My goodness, another ✅ - you should buy a lottery ticket👍🏻

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Great news Haward, its so uplifting to hear good news for a change!

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I hope that it encourages those at earlier stages. Everything is possible. Except growing a new oesophagus! H

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Fabulous news and many congratulations on the PhD..

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Fantastic news Haward! An inspiration to us all!

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What wonderful news Doctor. All the best.

AM x

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Congratulations Howard. I got my 5 year badge round about March 2017. Quite emotional when not expecting it. Still have ‘negative thoughts ‘. Might it come back etc? Unpredictable effects from food. Disappointed that I am unable to eat what I used to enjoy but I am here thanks to the fantastic team at St James’s, Leeds

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Well done Haward you are an inspiration to all of us

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That’s brilliant news. X

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Wonderful news :) x

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hip hip Howard. Will be looking forward to my 5 yr meeting in Nov (the op was 5 yrs this month). The power of positivity and the help of family, friends and the medical team cannot be praised enough as you say. Can't remember the last time i finished a meal but at least we have a meal, unlike some. Enjoy your life x

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Congratulations on achieving the 5 year milestone haward👍 and on your PHD award,by the way you never said what what subject you have achieved your doctorate in.Well done you are a inspiration to all of us who are members of the” oesophagectomy “ club.👌

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Hi Jonest. It was on cooperation in contract law; whether cooperation is essential to the success of complex modern contracts and how the law should encourage cooperation. And thanks for those nice words. H

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Thanks Hayward, well done again.

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Wonderful news!! Posts like yours give us all renewed hope. May you have many more years of healthy, happy life!

Also well done for the PhD!!

Louise xxx

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A second PhD is in order - for survival

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I don't have the will! I am learning to fly instead....H

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No worries--it's an honorary one!

PS: Don't spoil it by getting too close to the sun.

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im so pleased for you

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Big hugs and kisses and a good old punch to the air !!!!

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Lots of bubbly too. H

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Wow! Triple whammy! Great news. My 5 year will be October. Love Angi xx

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I bet you can't wait. It's an amazing milestone! H

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Congratulations on all counts, Haward! You are, and remain, an inspiration! All the best to you and yours, Kate x

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