Monthly Archives: December 2008

Cancer no longer exists!!!

The Brits gave us the English language so I guess they can decide what exists and what doesn’t. In their academic wisdom they have decided to do away with sin, and the easiest way to do that is to exclude it from their dictionaries. (obviously decided while they sat around with funny hats on drinking tea!)

Perhaps the reason there is so much cancer around is that too many people have dictionaries!

Now if we could only convince Oxford University Press to delete ‘cancer‘ as well we could save the health system a lot of money and the public a lot of grief. We could consign it all to hell – ah, but that’s probably gone now too!  

Back to Alice in Wonderland!

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Posted by on 8 December, 2008 in Humor



Accepted for radio-active spheres trial

I got word today that I have been accepted for the SIRT Spheres trial being conducted out of Auckland University and the Auckland hospital.

I will have a smaller dose of chemo than usual this Friday and for the next 2 doses following the insertion of the spheres. I understand that the radio-active spheres must carry quite a kick and they don’t want to knock me down completely! Very comforting.

Bronwen and I will travel to Auckland on Tuesday 9th Dec for the procedure on Wednesday. There is also another artery in the liver they want to emobolise (there’s my favourite word again – usually has such a negative association!)

I will be in isolation for 24 hours being highly radio-active. I will then be released and we will stay with one of my brothers in Auckland for 7 days during which time Bronwen is not allowed to sleep in the same bed; I am not allowed to be in crowded places; children and pregnant women cannot come near me, and other adults must come no closer than 2 meters and not stay long. If I lie on the grass I am told it will go brown!

Hope it works!!!


Posted by on 3 December, 2008 in Humor, Medical


Textbook anatomy & NZ cricket

The radiologist commented that he sees very few people with a ‘text-book’ anatomy and that I am one of those few. I said that it’s a pity it isn’t working according to the textbook.

He also asked me if I minded watching the whole procedure on the screen that was clearly visible to me. I told him I was fascinated by it and that it was better than watching the Black Caps in action against Australia (the Black Caps are the NZ cricket team that were yet again getting a belting from the Aussie cricketers)

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Posted by on 3 December, 2008 in Medical


Radio-active spheres trial

On Monday I flew to Auckland for various tests and scans to determine my suitability for a treatment trial for colorectal cancer patients who have metasteses in the liver.

It was fascinating. The whole procedure was conducted under a local anaesthetic and I was able to watch everything on the TV screen the radiologist was using. A catheter was inserted into the artery in my right groin and pushed through to the liver. A wire was then inserted through the catheter and I watched as the radiologist manoevered it down various channels of arteries within the liver. When he got into the one that leads to the bowel, he inserted little inverted tea strainers – at least that’s what they looked like. They measured about 6mm and just popped out to the end of the wire. About 8 or 10 of these were used to embolise the artery and prevent blood flowing to the bowel. He repeated the procedure in another adjacent artery that lead to the front of the stomach area. These were embolised (I like the sound of the word!) to prevent the radioactive spheres from escaping into those areas when they are eventually inserted. I was assured the bowel and stomach area are able to obtain their required blood supply from other arteries.

In the background I was able to watch my heart pumping away merrily and also my lungs expanding and contracting.

The only painful part was when they finished the procedure and stapled the artery in my groin, inserted a ‘plug’ then pressed on it for several minutes to prevent blood staining the ceiling!


Posted by on 3 December, 2008 in Medical


Support groups

I recently attended a cancer support group. Everyone shared their ‘journey’ and the ups and downs of their walk. For some who maybe have no-one else to walk with them, such a group may be useful. I found it all rather depressing. A bit like AA and other ‘dependency groups’ that just seem to focus on their weaknesses rather than moving on from them. Some people seem to ‘enjoy ill health’!

The Church is a ‘support group’ but we don’t sit around dwelling on our sinfulness, but rather the strength that is available through the Spirit of God, and encouraging one another towards higher planes through sharing victories and the Scriptures.

Yes, I have cancer. I am not in denial. I will have times of feeling down and out, but for as long as I can I want to associate with wellness, not sickness. As the angel said to Mary when she came to the tomb of Jesus, “Why seek the living among the dead?”

I am not uncaring towards others going through similar trials, but let’s celebrate life, and that more abundant if we are in Christ. That’s what I plan to do …

                                    … or die trying!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by on 3 December, 2008 in Medical


What is heaven like?

After church recently a ‘spiritual’ lady, a visitor from out of town, knowing my situation, come to me to reassure that heaven is real – she’s been there – twice!! She told me that it is so green and clean (like NZ??) and pristine in beauty. She also visited the ‘throne-room’ which she said was scarey yet attractive. And she said she was invited to dance before God which was humbling and awesome.

Now I don’t want to impugn this lady’s sincerity, but somehow I think she’s missing it. For a start, the only evidence we need that heaven is real is the fact that Jesus said so, and He rose from the dead to open the way for us to go there. 

And what does it really matter what heaven looks like? Isn’t that rather missing the point? Heaven can look like whatever it wants to – what makes it heaven is not its clean green ‘nuclear-free’ environment, but the fact that Jesus is there and we shall see Him face to face.


Posted by on 1 December, 2008 in Devotional, Humor, Uncategorized