Twelve months ago I wrote that my Dad had the biggest battle of his life to face due to his fight against Cancer. What I hadn’t appreciated at the time was that in actual fact, Cancer had its’ own battle having picked a fight against my Dad!
Having received his tests results this week I am pleased to say that the results are extremely promising. The combination of treatment and care that my Dad has received thus far, as well as his own sheer determination seems to be working.
A year ago he was given a prognosis that could have meant that rather than me writing a blog based on hope and positivity, I could have been saying something rather different….. The thing is, this was only ever an average prognosis based on the severity of his Lung Cancer diagnosis. The doctors did say that he should not concern himself with figures, instead just take each day as it came. It’s difficult however, not to have focused on a potential end date.
The Cancer itself has reduced to around half of its already previously reduced size. Without getting lost in exact amounts, we are looking at it now being approximately ¼ of its original size. This is without doubt TREMENDOUS news. The other great thing is that, it has also not spread anywhere else and importantly there are no signs of a spread to the brain.
I guess it’s quite pertinent that the EU referendum is just around the corner. Without the Speed, Love, Dedication, Compassion, Patience and Care of the Spanish health system, the chances are my Dad may not have been with us anymore. I’m not wanting to make this a political statement though arguably thanks to our presence in the EU, my Dad is alive today.
Finally, for today anyway, the idea behind this blog was to keep my Dads friends and family informed about how he is doing. It’s also been about helping others going through their own experiences and showing that each person copes in different ways, be this the one with Cancer or their loved ones. There is no right or wrong way to react…. scream, shout, laugh, cry, sky-dive, write a blog – whatever your style, do what works for you.
Cancer is everywhere and is extremely unforgiving at the best of times. Things are getting better though; it may not always seem like it but I do honestly believe things are improving. The road ahead is awfully long for my Dad as well as the thousands of others out there, though if we continue to come together as we do best, when the odds are stacked against us then ‘Together – we truly can beat Cancer’.