YES! It’s been over a year, but I’m now at a stage in my recuperation where I’m well enough to pick up writing my blog again.

For those of you who don’t know, in March 2016 I was diagnosed with inoperable, stage four throat cancer. My treatment began immediately, with intensive six-week courses of both chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

While successfully ridding me of the cancer growths (I’ve now been cancer free for a year!), the treatment caused me to lose a lot of weight (something I desperately needed, but perhaps not 13 stones (182 pounds) in less than 12 months!) As you might imagine, this left me very weak indeed, a position which wasn’t helped when I was rushed into hospital with double pneumonia and sepsis a month later.

The radiotherapy also robbed me of the ability to both eat and speak. Now, over a year later, both tasks remain near impossible. I ‘feed’ myself by pouring nutrient-rish milkshakes down a tube that runs directly into my stomach, and I frequently have to resort to texting my wife on the other side of the room to make sure she understands what I’m trying to say.

I’m now also suffering from both lymphedema (swelling of the tongue and throat) and trismus (a form of lockjaw), both of which have slowed down my recuperation considerably. I am getting better, but it’s a looooong process.

I wrote a blog detailing how I dealt with my battle against the disease, which I’m now adapting into a book that will be available from Amazon very soon. The book will contain additional, new content and features a stunning cover created by the legend that is Beano artist, Nigel Parkinson.

Watch this space!

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