My First Blog – The Journey Begins

Hi there.  My name is Amie, and although I have been a cancer patient for over two years, and have been very open with my friends and family about my treatment and illness, I have not written for anyone I don’t know to read about my experience… until now.

It is time for me to sing out!

Having recently discovered (by looking at scary statistics) that I could possibly die relatively soon (within a year) I wanted to put my thoughts out into the ether.  As they say; “it’s good to talk!”, or perhaps it’s “a problem shared is a problem halved”.  Either way, I have decided that I will write this blog to monitor my side effects from this new clinical trial treatment, express my thoughts, encourage others to love life, discuss life in general, and discover which drink is better…English breakfast tea or Earl Grey?…

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton



  1. Hi Amie
    My name is Paul Chadwick and like you I’ve also had bowel cancer. However in my case the medicos are pretty sure it’s gone.
    I was told I had cancer on 4 February 2016 – that’s right, World Cancer Day 😀😀😀. I was 55 at the time and had been made redundant 6 weeks previous. I have a wife and 2 teenage daughters and telling them was not easy. However I made the decision that I was never going to get down about my cancer and never have been.
    I had 1 op to remove the growth; 1 op to remove part of my bowel (incl being given a stoma bag and hernia); 1 op to reverse the stoma bag 15 months later and fix the hernia; and 1 final op to fix the hernia again
    I managed 7 out of 8 chemo sessions ( how on earth did you manage 32?!!!!!!) and had 2 X 3 days as an inpatient strung up to antibiotics during the chemo plus 1 X 5 days with a blocked bowel.
    Then 6 weeks after finishing the chemo I had a major stroke from which the consultant said I’d “made a miraculous recovery”.
    I obviously couldn’t get a job and so 11 months ago I started training to be a driving instructor and started to earn money 3 months ago.
    I’m still a cancer patient for another 2 years but hope that’s it.
    I’m obviously in a better position health wise than you but hope you don’t mind me writing and saying so.
    In all of this time it’s been my decision and determination not to get down that has kept me going, together with the fact that I tell everyone about my conditions – I think most of them are pretty bored about it by now 😀😀.
    Good luck with the treatment and I hope you have a long and meaningful life.
    If you want to write back you can do or friend / follow me on fb or Instagram.


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