Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope all of you out there in the Blogworld and beyond are having a fantastic start to the year I'm contractually obliged to refer to as Twenny-thir'een ( that's 2013 in old money )
Above are perennial favourites around these parts, Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes, embarking on another adventure, full of youth and optimism, ready for the future and whatever it holds.

To be frank I'm struggling myself to feel that positive about the future at the moment, veering between optimism and pessimism on a daily basis. I'm waiting for test results at the moment, resulting from the operation I had back in November, and it's casting quite a shadow over the year to come. In the last week I've had a bone marrow sample taken ( ouch! and on Christmas Eve, too... ) and had a full body X-ray, then next week I'm going for an MRI, to be followed at some point by radiotherapy. Although I feel like a mad scientist's plaything at the moment this is all obviously for my benefit and, hopefully, a case of my specialist being over-cautious and covering all bases. That's the best-case scenario, anyway...

But, as I said ( and not wanting to depress you all... too much... ), I hope everyone reading this has a Happy and healthy New Year. And, in that spirit, here are some of the things that make me happy, family and friends:


Richard said...

Well, speaking as one who has become pretty cosy with hospitals over the years -- I had four operations performed before I was four years old, and a few since then, and some more in the future -- wait, what was I about to say? This has started to bring me down. Oh yeah, it was this: you're strong. Someone told me that when I had my latest round of medical woes and I didn't believe him, but he was right. You're going to come through fine.

The other thing I've learned is, this is a pretty amazing time for medicine. They're doing stuff now that ten years ago would have seemed too much like Star Trek to be entirely plausible, and that side of things doesn't show any signs of slowing down.

You'll come out of this having learned more about your body's inner workings than you maybe wanted to learn, but that's no bad thing. You'll find the humor and even the adventure in all this and ultimately it'll be something you're proud to have gotten through. I didn't believe it when I heard that before (and I won't believe it the next time I hear it either) but it's true.

Kal said...

Here's hoping that all that tech finds a way to give you more years with your friends and families.

Steve W. said...

Good luck with it all, Simon. :)

cerebus660 said...

Thanks, guys! Your support really is very much appreciated, as ever. Happy New Year!


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