World Cancer Day 2021

Today is, once again, World Cancer Day! So once again, I am writing a blog post about it.

Inevitably most people’s thoughts are focused on Covid at the moment and even I didn’t realise it was World Cancer Day until I checked Twitter earlier today. I keep meaning to write about negotiating isolation due to Covid restrictions alongside the isolation of cancer, but I haven’t quite been able to find the right words yet.

For those of you who haven’t been following, I was diagnosed with a type of brain tumour in July 2017, probably stage 4 glioblastoma (incidentally, I think this is what Russell T Davies’ partner died of) – it’s a very aggressive and nasty type, which is very underfunded. The statistics do not make for happy reading, but currently, I am relatively stable. My tumour, after some initial growth, shrank a bit and has since remained basically the same. I am under no illusions but this is a far better situation than I could have hoped for or expected. There are a lot of stories out there, especially today, from all different kinds of perspectives, and if you can read them, do.

One thing that has been in the news a lot over the last year is the effect Covid is having on hospitals, and on non-covid related operations, often meaning they are having to be cancelled or rescheduled. I’ve been very lucky so far – little has changed medically because of the virus, apart from many of my appointments being moved to being over the phone instead of in person, but I know others haven’t been so lucky.

Most people have been affected by cancer – last I read, 1 in 2 of us will have it in their lifetimes. Some of those will have relatively mild cancers and some won’t – as always, I am immensely grateful to anyone who makes a fairly terrifying experience slightly better, whether that is through research, care (whether formal or informal) or in any other ways.

So, Happy (if that’s the right word!) Cancer Day to all!

Here a few photos which I hope give some kind of picture of the last few years!

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