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Yes, that’s me!

17 sessions down now, job done and I can see that finish line. Very sore throat, dry as, and hard to eat at times. Add that to feeling tired with low energy and there you have it. Fuck Cancer! It’s been one hell of a ride over these past 8-9 months but guess what, it can be beaten! With a PMA and support from your loved ones, you can face anything. Most of all I have learned to appreciate things in a different way now. I often think of the many others going through this bitch of a disease. I though have been very privileged and very lucky.

It was hugs all round today when I left the London Radiology Clinic for the last time. You connect with these people and they become a part of your daily routine. They asked for the hugs, even said we will miss you, strange as it is when you think about it. I will miss them too. I even took the famous mask home as Nathan wanted to have it, yes, that’s right. It will apparently come in useful for Halloween πŸ˜‰

I am so lucky to have so much love and support around me. Nathan has been so amazing throughout this time, he is patient, loving and the best thing that has ever happened to me. Gosh, this could have been so different, I dread to think. Count your blessings I tell myself, truly, I am being looked after from above.

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My wing man Nathan ❀

Kirsty called a few days ago and wanted to tell me ITV has picked up my story to be aired alongside 2 others at the end of September. I haven’t seen the final edit yet just hope it’s not cringe worthy lol. So all the filming we did will be put to good use hopefully. All the work Emma and Felipe did as well, I am so thankful for having met them. I have been fortunate to meet a lot of great people throughout this journey. I will keep you all posted on the date when I know and hopefully I will be able to upload it here too when I get my hands on it.

Commuting back and forth to London each day has been my routine throughout this process. The team there are amazing. My doctor, Professor Mikhaeel is the real deal, you truly feel like you are being treated like an individual. It has made things so much easier to cope with. He was so pleased with my tolerance to the treatment and he said side effects should subside in 2-3 weeks. Not due back to see him for a follow up until 19th September and then I see Dr Marcus on 2nd October. Normal life is around the corner. A reason to celebrate soon you reckon? I should think so!

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This one has been with me throughout this journey – he is just the medicine I needed! ❀

Still, throughout this process, I have tried to make the best of quality time on the weekends with Nathan and Bentley.Β  This weekend it was nice to have some unusually beautiful weather for August Bank Holiday weekend and we made the most of it on the Sunday with a BBQ for Nathan’s family and some of his best friends. CJ, Sarah-Jane, Noah, Sarah Chainey and the girls. It was a lush day and we ate well, drank loads (like that was not gonna happen!) and ended up around the fire toasting marshmallows until late. It was a first for Sarah-Jane (the toasted marshmallow that is lol). It was lovely to have Nathan’s parents Vanessa and Bryn over and they stayed right until the end. Nathan’s brother Matthew arrived later on and Nathan still managed to cook him a steak to perfection on the fire.

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Love a family portrait! ❀

The previous weekend we had Louise, James and Amelie stay over the night before they went on holiday. Another great evening with friends, a BBQ with some amazing Argentinian beef and Malbec. What more could you ask for? I think there is a foodie theme going on here πŸ˜‰ Amie was on top form and really enjoyed her short stay with us. Just watching her now and having met her almost a year ago, she really is growing up and is turning into a wonderful human. It was a chilly evening but we managed to eat al fresco and Nathan eventually managed to get a nice fire going. The rest of the weekend was spent recovering and spending some quality time together….on the sofa…no surprise there!

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These guys have been amazing throughout this journey ❀

So how does it feel? Nothing really comes to mind at the moment. I am just feeling thankful if I am honest. I am blessed to have such great people around me, a great employer, and an amazing fiancΓ©. So many good people who give off the right kind of vibes and just when you need them the most. In the early days, I didn’t even imagine how I would get through all this. The story could have had a very different ending.

Special thanks to Kirsty Ettrick ❀ at London Medical Concierge. None of this would have been possible had I not met you and had the fortune of using your services. I am so lucky that Debbie re-connected with you at the time I needed help with making choices.

I would also like to say thank you to Denis who has been a gem during this time, held down the fort at work and will always be the best friend I could ever ask for. I could not have done this without you. ❀

 

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This is the new me for now lol

All of you who have been following my blog, thank you so much for all the comments, love and support. I am not sure when I will stop posting but it has inspired me that’s for sure. This all started on December 1st, 2016, I think there is still more to say, the story is very much in the now.

Love and Light ❀

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6 Comments

  1. Hi Mark

    Just to say how happy I am for you. I have continued to follow your blog and can only admire your strength and positive attitude through out. πŸ’–
    Wishing you all the happiness you deserve and I hope you can now focus on planning your amazing wedding.

    Love as always

    Melissa xxx

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    1. Hey Melissa,

      Thanks for your message and support, it means a lot. It’s been a bumpy ride but in the end you just have to push on through. ❀ And thanks for reading don't know what inspired me to write in the first place but I think it has helped me a lot.

      Yes a wedding to plan, thankfully I have Nathan who is very clever at these things haha!

      Love, Mark XXX

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