Monthly Archives: December 2010

Lungs holding up well

Phoebe has recently learned to ride a bike. She learnt on the Botannics grassy park. On Wednesday we decided to be more adventurous. Abe, Phoebe and I took our bikes down to a section of Nelson’s bike routes and we biked for about 45 minutes. The return leg was into a stiff head wind and the children’s legs were feeling a bit tired when we got back to the car.

What particularly pleased me was that although I was puffing and knew I’d had a decent workout, I did not need to use my inhaler and had no after-effects with pain in my lungs or liver. Makes me want to do it again!

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Posted by on 30 December, 2010 in Family, Medical, Personal


Wonderful Christmas

For the first time in three years I really enjoyed Christmas. The last time was Christmas 2007 when all the children came and we had a reunion in Hanmer Springs where I was pastoring. At that stage we had no idea of the diagnosis that would come at the end of 2008.

From Carols by Candlelight on the Church Steps in Nelson, through the Christmas morning service where I also played the trombone, a Christmas roast dinner with Becky and the children and then Church on Sunday, the body and energy levels stood up well.

Bronwen, Phoebe and Abe at Carols

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Posted by on 30 December, 2010 in Family


Benefits in my situation

I was whipping the cream and licking the beater as Bronwen prepared her special boysenberry fluff dessert for tomorrow. I suddenly realised that one good thing about my medical condition is that no-one has been concerned about my cholesterol for the past two years!!

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Posted by on 24 December, 2010 in Humor, Personal


No more treatments for a while

I saw the Oncologist last Monday and she commented on how well I look.

The blood test taken last week shows my haemoglobin at an acceptable level of 108 (normal is 120+). Platelets (clotting function) is still low at 81. The upside of that is I probably won’t have a heart attack or stroke! Both my CEA (cancer markers) and liver function are raised which is not so good. They are 95.2 (October – 26.4) and 288 (October – 245) respectively.

There are no further medical or surgical interventions available to me due to the increase in the number of metastases. There is palliative chemotherapy that I could have but there is no urgency for that as I have minimal symptoms.

My weight and appetite are both good and as the Oncologist agrees, part of the reason I’m feeling so good is that no-one is doing anything to my body at the moment!

We plan to enjoy Christmas and take advantage of no treatment and feeling good to do some things on our wish list in the New Year.

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Posted by on 21 December, 2010 in Medical, Personal


No longer candidate for RFA

I spoke with the Radiologist in Dunedin this morning and he informed me that Radio Frequency Ablation would not be a safe or viable option for me any more. With three mets in the lung and 5 in the liver it is at the outer limit for acceptability. The matter is further complicated by the fact that two of the lung metastases are on the left and right dome of the diaphragm which makes them extremely tricky to ablate. While every attempt would be made to localise the heat, the major risk is evidently the distinct possibility of burning a hole in the diaphragm! Such an outcome has the opposite effect to hastening recovery.

I have an appointment with my local Oncologist next week, but I believe that there is no urgency for further treatment until my situation becomes ‘symptomatic’. At that stage treatment would be palliative aimed at alleviating symptoms. Hey, but what’s new? That’s all my treatments and procedures have ever been since I was first diagnosed in October 2008! Back then I received a certificate stating “this man will never work again” – but I have and I am!

I am not having any more pain from the tumours than I’ve ever had, and they are controlled by Panadol. I have no symptoms from the lung mets and overall I feel great. I am scheduled to conduct some worldview lectures for a Bible College in January and hope to be able to accept other invitations now as well. Our times are in God’s hands and we will keep on keeping on till the ref blows the final whistle.

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Posted by on 14 December, 2010 in Medical, Personal


For anyone suffering

Here is a MUST LISTEN for anyone facing difficulties, pain, or an uncertain future.

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Posted by on 10 December, 2010 in Devotional, Personal, Poetry