A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With Mesothelioma A Day of Radio Interviews and Daily Mail Photographers

Oh my what a day.

We got ready and drove to Tunbridge Wells and saw the Pantiles.

It was an easy ride and we soon found the Kent Radio Studios in the great hall.

I was met by so many lovely people. the young man before me was talking about all the waste in food because of sell by dates. Rickie Willies was a very interesting young man and has a great web page about saving money. Something he has always done http://skintdad.co.uk/

Then it was my turn Steve Allen was sitting in for Julie http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03g0xlk#play



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I was so relaxed and also knew I only had half an hour slot and so much to say. It was World cancer day and they didn’t know that.

After the interview Steve said he was so emotional through it all and was so moved. The door opened and others all came in and said it had been brilliant. I think as it was such a serious illness I  was going to be a very down woman but its not me thats how I have always been thats how I fight the horrid disease.

We shook hands drove home again. It took about an hour and a quarter but we made it back in time to have lunch and get ready for the Daily Mail Photographer.

He made me laugh as he came in and started saying would I dress in bright colours. So I had to go and turn out my wardrobe for him to agree on what colours.

I had so many photos taken this way that way smile dont smile head up head down Phew it wears you out. So I had to email lots more photos over to him when he went so they have a huge selection.

I sit back now and see what daily Mail it will be published in.

So thats it we had our life to ourselves again.

I was able to twitter lots photos for World Cancer Day.

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A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With MesotheliomaScan Result more Shrinkage on Keytruda, T Cells, Bruises.

I had a great early ride to the Marsden today —for the sake of my Blood tester friend –yes M2 M20 M26 M25 ha ha !!!   He mentioned how I always talk about the Motorways but when you travel for treatment Motorways are sooo important

We had a long chat about testing blood and he explained he deals with the blood that he sends to Merck for me. So we discussed why mine has worked do well and others fail.

I have been asked why me and here is a good example to show you

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This is how mine matched up all so perfect but those that fail only some or all fail to match up and turn the Immune system on.

I got to the ward and and booked in and was able to show my medal off. I wanted the Medics to know I won it for them as they are the ones that have kept me on this planet.

It caused a lot of excitement.

We had to settle down to bloods being taken and my poor arm washed. It wasn’t all dried blood from the PICC line it was bad bruising. One where a entry failed and then another around where the PICC line is fitted now.

After a good clean it didn’t look so honorific honest it looks so much better well not really but I dont want to make you feel bad.

I had to then go and wait for the doctor and no one knew if i was going to have the drug or not. Sam had other ideas and said next week which Im pleased as then the dates all run ahead and I get another week to make sure Im really recovered.

Sam said it might have been the drug or the antibiotics and I said no it wasn’t the drug I dont want to believe that and he told me off. Poor Sam really doesn’t understand my sense of humour or just how I research everything and work as a patient Rep. Trials mean everything to me and I want everyone to find one as its the first time we can say treatment is now coming through that isnt the poisonous chemo we have had to make do with up to now. We still need chemo as it does play a huge part in shrinking our tumours but we now need the drugs to finish it off. Its so hard finding the right on for each case but combinations will work I truly believe we are on the front line now.

I asked about my scan and Sam went through them. More shrinkage they are really going so flat. It doesn’t sink in each time just what that means. Amazing isnt it really amazing.

shout out 2

We came home early so I was able to make my appointments for a Interview with a lovely lady from the Mail tomorrow and radio Kent Thursday.

Then i had bad news for 2 Mesowarriors. Steve Wride who I have walked through 7 years with has problems


His journey is so different to mine I love this couple so much and I have had a long chat tonight

good luck xx my dear friend xxx

Poor Richard another mesowarrior has had a drug failure again. He is with me at the Royal Marsden and I hated to hear that. He has tried so hard bless him and I hope there is another trial for him.

I have more photos come in from The Awards

This is the Official write up.

Mavis, of Whitstable, was diagnosed with a non-curable asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma in 2009. Mavis has turned her battle with mesothelioma into something positive, and is making her voice heard to educate people about this illness. Mavis works extremely hard, and has spoken at conferences and in parliament. She has also raised awareness and educated people through local and national newspapers, radio, TV, Mavis also published her own book in 2010, Meso Warrior, with all proceeds donated to mesothelioma UK.

Mavis offers a support network to other mesothelioma suffers and their families, either by internet, telephone or personal visits, through the group UK Meso Warriors. Mavis has extensively researched into the incurable disease and knows of every medical trial and medication associated.

Mavis is currently on a new drug trial, and is showing promising signs of buying extra time with her life. The new drug requires Mavis to travel the two-hour journey to the Royal Marsden hospital every fortnight for treatment. She has just received her 40th session of the drug, and has remained positive throughout her treatment and uses the time to meet up with other ‘Meso Warriors’ to share stories, advice and laughter. Mavis and her husband Ray, have a strong social presence and both have blogs discussing life with mesothelioma, both from the perspective of the sufferer and the carer. Mavis first set up her blog in June 2009, shortly after she was diagnosed, and has had over 280,000 hits.

Mavis and Ray use the blogs to talk about daily living with Mesothelioma, and research into the incurable cancer.

Nominated by Angela Caulfield Mavis Nye http://britishcitizenawards.co.uk/mavis-nye/ 










A Diary of a Messowarrior Living With Mesothelioma -The British Citizan Award for health BCAh


I have so many wonderful memories of the past 2 days so I think its a case of adding photos and talking as I go.

We wanted to share the whole day with the Mesowarriors as I wasnt allowed to have people with us. I feel they should alter that as it would have been great to share it with so many others but I suppose it does come down to cost. So I will try and describe to you all what the day meant to me.


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I was on the same table as this lovely Lady and we sat through the ceremony together 


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So this was the background to the day ahead.


My name was amongst wonderful people that had done some wonderful things I loved all their stories.

Mavis Nye



Mavis, of Whitstable, was diagnosed with a non-curable asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma in 2009. Mavis has turned her battle with mesothelioma into something positive, and is making her voice heard to educate people about this illness. Mavis works extremely hard, and has spoken at conferences and in parliament. She has also raised awareness and educated people through local and national newspapers, radio, TV, Mavis also published her own book in 2010, Meso Warrior, with all proceeds donated to mesothelioma UK.

Mavis offers a support network to other mesothelioma suffers and their families, either by internet, telephone or personal visits, through the group UK Meso Warriors. Mavis has extensively researched into the incurable disease and knows of every medical trial and medication associated.

Mavis is currently on a new drug trial, and is showing promising signs of buying extra time with her life. The new drug requires Mavis to travel the two-hour journey to the Royal Marsden hospital every fortnight for treatment. She has just received her 40th session of the drug, and has remained positive throughout her treatment and uses the time to meet up with other ‘Meso Warriors’ to share stories, advice and laughter. Mavis and her husband Ray, have a strong social presence and both have blogs discussing life with mesothelioma, both from the perspective of the sufferer and the carer. Mavis first set up her blog in June 2009, shortly after she was diagnosed, and has had over 280,000 hits.

Mavis and Ray use the blogs to talk about daily living with Mesothelioma, and research into the incurable cancer.

Nominated by Angela Caulfield

So we set off from Whistable to meet Angie and Tracey as they travelled down from Barrow In Furness. The opposite ends of the country.

Arriving at Victoria I paid my 50p for the loo.


We sat and had a coffee and waited for the Sisters to get in from Euston and they soon appeared so we had a Coffee and a plate of chips

and they changed and went to left Luggage. We were ready to go to Big Ben travelling by taxi.

While we is the ceremony the girls amused themselves


We were tucked up in the warm and having tea with all the Celebs.











Linda Robson was in the Audience and I was introduced to her .


















It was soon time to go for the Photo shoot in the Gardens and then climbed on the buses for a ride around London as a victory ride

We arrived at Church House where the final Certificates were presented

We were very tired as we all travelled to Whistable to have a great natter and talk over the day before falling asleep for the night

The girls took Louis out for a walk and were amazed he took them and showed them where to walk


We went on a car ride to show the coast line and than had a a meal at the Oyster Bed





We soon had to say goodbye at the station as the sisters travelled back home

What a mad two days but what a wonderful time and I would like to thank Angie and Tracey for nominating me and for the warriors for all their backing and we have really raised awareness of Mesothelioma and the UK Mesowarriors and the Mesothelioma Warriors around the world Now lets see a world wide ban of Asbestos and a cure for Mesothelioma.


A Diary Of a Mesowarrior Living with Mesothelioma-No Keytruda ThIs Week Due To A Rash and A New PICC Line Has Been Inserted

We left home in the dark with the wolf moon shinning away. The dawn broke as we were on the M25

Arrived at the hospital and I was seen early and had my bloods taken.

Off I went to have my new PICC line in which is a operation this time. My veins are Petite,as the nurse said. It is weird I’m very tall 5ft 9ins, but everything is small, my ankles, wrists, feet (6) hands and everything inside hats why I had renal failure, my Urethra’s are small one blocked when I was two the other when I was 45.

Im saying this as everyone finds my veins are to small. I was all wrapped up in blue covering and she was really having such a great time cutting into the veins to push the Picc line feeder up.

A PICC line is a long thin, hollow flexible tube inserted in one of the veins of the arm. The length of the line depends on how tall you are and where the insertion site is. Usually, it is 38–52cm long. It has openings on both ends. The tip of the PICC sits in a big vein just outside your heart while at the other end around 5cm of the line comes out of your arm. The space inside the line is called a lumen. You may have one or two lumens. Not all patients are suitable for a PICC line and a nurse specialist or doctor will assess you before inserting a line.  Sometimes a small ooze of blood may be noticed on the insertion site.

The specialist nurse scanned my arm first with an ultrasound machine. This helped to find the right size and type of vein to place the PICC line in. This is a painless process. My arm was then cleaned with antiseptic solution and covered with sterile drape. The nurse then injected a local anaesthetic to numb the insertion site. I did not feel any pain during the procedure. just stinging and pushing not to bad,on the insertion site while the specialist nurse was working. The procedure will took about approximately 20–30 minutes. A statlock (which holds the PICC in place) and a transparent, breathable dressing was applied on the insertion site to secure the PICC. A chest X-ray was also be taken to confirm that the tip of the PICC is in the tight position.

I was then free to go back to see my Doctor.

When she called me we disused how I felt and she told me the bug was Sepsis. She then saw the rash which has got bad this week and wasn’t happy. She spoke to the Trial Team and they said I shouldn’t have the drug this week.

I was disappointed but I do understand. they have to work out whether I have had enough of the drug and that the Immune system might have gone into over drive, but at least give my body chance to recover from the Bug and antibiotics. It might be the antibiaotics that have given me the rash. they just dont know yet.

She has given me a prescription for Dermovate Cream (Clobetasol PropionateA steroid Cream which is working already after 1 application and the itching is better already.

I then went round and had my scan but because I wasnt going back to see the Doctor I dont know the result.

I have an appointment to go On Tuesday to show how the Rash is doing and to discuss my whether I have the drug the next week. I will also know the result of my scan

As this has hit the headlines tonight I thought I should put it here in my blog as the signs are what I was describing for months now. So it shows it does get missed. and the poor baby in the news did die. Introduction

Sepsis is a common and potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection.

In sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions including widespread inflammation, swelling and blood clotting. This can lead to a significant decrease in blood pressure, which can mean the blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys is reduced.

If not treated quickly, sepsis can eventually lead to multiple organ failure and death.

Each year in the UK, it is estimated that more than 100,000 people are admitted to hospital with sepsis and around 37,000 people will die as a result of the condition.

Signs and symptoms of sepsis

Early symptoms of sepsis usually develop quickly and can include:

  • a high temperature (fever)
  • chills and shivering
  • a fast heartbeat
  • fast breathing

In some cases, symptoms of more severe sepsis or septic shock (when your blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level) develop soon after. These can include:

  • feeling dizzy or faint
  • confusion or disorientation
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin

Read more about the symptoms of sepsis.

When to seek medical advice

See your GP immediately if you have recently had an infection or injury and you have possible early signs of sepsis.

Severe sepsis and septic shock are medical emergencies. If you think that you or someone in your care has one of these conditions, call 999 and ask for an ambulance.

Read more about diagnosing sepsis.

Who’s at risk?

Anyone can develop sepsis after an injury or minor infection, although some people are more vulnerable. People most at risk of sepsis include those:

  • with a medical condition or receiving medical treatment that weakens their immune system
  • who are already in hospital with a serious illness
  • who are very young or very old
  • who have just had surgery or who have wounds or injuries as a result of an accident

Read more about the causes of sepsis.

How sepsis is treated

If sepsis is detected early and has not yet affected vital organs, it may be possible to treat the infection at home with antibiotics. Most people who have sepsis detected at this stage will make a full recovery.

Some people with severe sepsis and most people with septic shock require admission to an intensive care unit (ICU), where the body’s organs can be supported while the infection is treated.

As a result of problems with vital organs, people with severe sepsis are likely to be very ill and the condition can be fatal. However, if identified and treated quickly, sepsis is treatable and in most cases leads to full recovery with no lasting problems.

Read more about treating sepsis.


Sepsis, septicaemia and blood poisoning

Sepsis is often referred to as either blood poisoning or septicaemia, although it could be argued that both terms are not entirely accurate. Sepsis is not just limited to the blood and can affect the whole body, including the organs.

Septicaemia (another name for blood poisoning) refers to invasion of bacteria into the bloodstream and this occurs as part of sepsis. Sepsis can also be caused by viral or fungal infections, although bacterial infections are by far the most common cause.


A Diary of a Mesowarrior Living with #Mesothelioma caused by #Asbestos A wonderful box of sweets have arrived

Well I have been home for 3 days and all I have done is sit around and feel sick every time I take  antibiotics twice a day.

Co-Trimoxazole seems to be the worse. So I have separated the time between the tablets.

Seems to work better All Im drinking is flat coke and my lovely friend Steph has sent me a wonderful box of unusual sweets. I have put them away so that I really enjoy them when Im off the tablets

Ray has been doing everything bless him I have tried but he wont let me. I hate arguing about housework but we always end up laughing as he forces me to sit down.

We had to put a photo of ourselves as a young child and I put this one on when I was 1 adao graphic of mine.jpg-largeyear old 






The picture is one I used for my Asbestos Ban I have my fav doll which cant be seen as the photo is cropped. She was a black doll and when my baby brother was born I had put her in with my Mum and it shocked the Midwife when she came to our house . Funny the things you remember.

I love the stories of our Dragonflies and can see why The Uk mesowarriors chose a dragon fly as our emblem. Debbie loved Dragonflies.

So not a lot has gone on this week it has been so cold out there so walking is not an option. Louis and Ray go on their own.

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Toxic Thermoses Withdrawn from Sale

Jan 20, 2016

The Ministry of Health has ordered the immediate seizure of illegal thermos flasks from China which were on sale in a market in the town of Belluno, northern Italy. The contraband items were marked with the brand “DayDays” and barcode number: 8301182614705. Analyses of the contents of the 1.4L vessels revealed the presence of chrysotile (white) asbestos between layers of glass insulation around the flask. Other asbestos-contaminated thermos flasks imported to Italy from China were seized by officials in 2014 and 2015. Thermoses with asbestos removed from the market].http://ibasecretariat.org/abs_archive_news1580.php

 I feel we should all check our flasks just to be on the safe side.

China exports are really causing a problem as the crayons did last year.

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promenade floor tiles – external on balconies roofs and walkways found by RB Asbestos yesterday.

We are surrounded by the deadly stuff.


A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living with #Mesothelioma The Problem Of My Tuesdays Dying Swan Act

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Well this blog is a continuation of my Tuesday one.

I didnt know that would happen and Wednesday  I got up and was on the computer when the phone rang.

“Hi Mavis Sam here. Something has grown in your blood culture, so can you come to the hospital now. You will be kept in overnight “

I ran around and gathered up sleeping gear, dressing gown, soaps and tooth brush etc etc.

Poor Ray had to drive me back to the Marsden but lucky it was past rush hour and the roads were clear. He was getting a lecture about the freezer where he can get dinners and the dogs chops and chicken.

Its so hard to remember it all but we did really great.

On arrival everyone was so pleased to see me and gathered around as I was given my bed in the ward. It was like meeting old friends. 

It was explained that I come in each Tuesday the bacteria in the PIC line is pushed into my veins and when I had seen the Doctor and went to the canteen the bacteria was flowing through my veins and that’s why I did my dying swan act, and was having slight Sepsis, septicaemia or blood poisoning which is a severe illness in which the blood becomes overwhelmed with bacteria or an infection.  It can lead to inflammation in the entire body causing a systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS).  Patients, who most likely would have fully recovered from their original injuries or illnesses, are dying from sepsis. 

Whoops!! It is amazing that my Immune system is so really good and has been fighting this infection as well as fighting my Mesothelioma. A nurse said.

So my going into shock on the Tuesday was a very real thing and it was great they found out just what was going on and yet there was no other signs. My vital signs all proved good just a slight rising in temperature and the colour left my face.

I was put in bed in a ward of 4 beds and Ray left for home to get back before it got dark.

 I was given my own nurse who was so lovely. Pam is from Jamaica and a real old style nurse. She was so kind and caring and was almost a one to one nurse for me.Sam came in and told me they are going to give me a loaded dose of antibiotics but not through the pick line.

Finding veins in my arm is a hard long process and each nurse has a go and they called in the nurse that never fails. She did so well and bloods were taken. They took blood from my right arm and blood from the pick line on the left arm. 

Then the antibiotics fluid went in through a vein.It was a huge bagful and took hours to drip into me.

Then I had another smaller dose of another antibiotic I have put all the names down but cant find them and wonder if these might be trial ones as well. I will ask on my next drug day.

I settle down for the night after a lovely supper. I have to say that the food has been so good at the Marsden. I have enjoyed all the meals.

I was woken up for another dose of antibiotics at midnight and then again at 6am.

Thursday when the doctors made there round Bret told me  The results proved there was bacteria in the PIC line so the line will come out and taken away for more tests.

I had the line out in the afternoon and a piece of the line was cut off to take away for the test.

I enjoyed talking to nurses and talking to other patients, some I had met on a Tuesday. Everyone was saying how I went quiet and white which surprised me as I didn’t think people noticed. 

When the Consultant came round she talked about my great responding to keytruda and she said that they are start another trial in 3 weeks. “Can I tell the Mesowarriors to come here and she said yes. They must have the right make up in the tumour and they mustn’t be on any Chemo or other trial. I said and have PD1 and she said not necessary as the criteria is not so hard now. 

In the afternoon everyone was being booked out and I was told I was staying until Monday as I had to have 5 days of antibiotic infusions. 

I slept that night in an empty ward so I was pleased Pam was working until late and we had a great chat. I bought up about the Statue of Mary Seacole and  she knew all about her. (I will print the story at the end of this blog.

Friday I woke to more infusions and being spoilt.

I have been told I can have a new PICC Line and it will be fitted next Tuesday I do question a Picc Line shouldn’t be in for almost two years. Googled and it said  How long can a PICC line stay in place? The PICC catheter can generally remain in place from five days to several months. In some cases, the catheter can remain in place for up to a year. hmmm !!!

It became time for me to go down to Smithers Ward which is a woman’s breast cancer ward.

Pam took me down late as we had a hard time getting another catheter into a vein. Rex had to use a new vein machine on me to find my veins. You know me miss curious and I was getting him to show me all my veins. He found what I thought was just a row of dots but they joined together as he rubbed them and he got the catheter in for me. So off I went with Pam and a drug machine  into the lift, and my bags. 

I arrived there and once again greeted by another sweet nurse saying. You wrote a book. “Oh who has been talking ” I said. “Pam told us all about you.”

The times I told my story over and over but everyone seems so interested in Asbestos and Mesothelioma. Even ill I’m still working with awareness.

Saturday My family turned up with Ray which was great 


Selfey !!!

Sunday The lady in the next bed had all her family there so that passed the day and we have had a laugh.

This morning I got the signal I can go home with Co Trimoxazole 960mg and Ciproflxacin 250mg 1. What Co-trimoxazole tablet is and what it is used for Co-trimoxazole tablets are made up of two different medicines called sulfamethoxazole & trimethoprim. These medicines are sometimes given the combined name Co-trimoxazole. Both belong to the group of medicine called antibiotics. They are used to treat infections caused by Specific bacteria. This means that it is only suitable for treating some type of infections. Co-trimoxazole tablets are used to treat or prevent: – Lung infections (Pneumonia or Pneumocystis pneumonia) caused by a bacteria called Pneumocystis jiroveci (previously known as Pneumocystis carinii) – Infection caused by a bacterium called Toxoplasma (toxoplasmosis) Co-trimoxazole tablets are used to treat: – Bladder or urinary tract infections (water infection) – Acute worsening of chronic bronchitis due to bacterial infection. – Ear infections such as otitis media – An infection called nocardiosis, which can affect the lungs, skin and brain.

I went back to Oak ward and the porter that took me said that his Dad had Mesothelioma so I told him to get his Dad referred to the Marsden to see if the trial suited him. now how amazing was that.I said we were meant to meet today.

Arriving at the ward and onto a bed again the doctor saw me and signed me off. I had a lovely shower and got dressed.

Ray came and picked me up and I said goodbye. What a week this has been.

Mary Seacole

St Thomas’ hospital in London has long been associated with the great pioneer nurse, Florence Nightingale – indeed it was for many years home to the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery. But now the hospital has been chosen as the site for a 3-metre high bronze statue of Mary Seacole, who is now remembered as a nurse who tended the sick in the Crimean war. The Seacole statue will be taller than both Nightingale’s statue at nearby Waterloo Place, and that of the first world war nurse, Edith Cavell, in front of the National Portrait Gallery.



Mary Seacole was a pioneering nurse and heroine of the Crimean War, who as a woman of mixed race overcame a double prejudice.

Mary Jane Grant was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1805. Her father was a Scottish soldier, and her mother a Jamaican. Mary learned her nursing skills from her mother, who kept a boarding house for invalid soldiers. Although technically ‘free’, being of mixed race, Mary and her family had few civil rights – they could not vote, hold public office or enter the professions. In 1836, Mary married Edwin Seacole but the marriage was short-lived as he died in 1844.

Seacole was an inveterate traveller, and before her marriage visited other parts of the Caribbean, including Cuba, Haiti and the Bahamas, as well as Central America and Britain. On these trips she complemented her knowledge of traditional medicine with European medical ideas. In 1854, Seacole travelled to England again, and approached the War Office, asking to be sent as an army nurse to the Crimea where there was known to be poor medical facilities for wounded soldiers. She was refused. Undaunted Seacole funded her own trip to the Crimea where she established the British Hotel near Balaclava to provide ‘a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers’. She also visited the battlefield, sometimes under fire, to nurse the wounded, and became known as ‘Mother Seacole’. Her reputation rivalled that of Florence Nightingale.

After the war she returned to England destitute and in ill health. The press highlighted her plight and in July 1857 a benefit festival was organised to raise money for her, attracting thousands of people. Later that year, Seacole published her memoirs, ‘The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands’.

Seacole died on 14 May 1881.




A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With Mesothelioma -Another Bad turn today -what is going on ??Come on Keytruda I only have 6 more Infusions on the Trial

What a dark morning this morning was. Pitch black at 5.50am as Ray took the dog on his walk and then we set off on the Motorways.

The traffic was so heavy but moving just a load of lights in the dark of the early morning.

There had been a Burst water main but lucky enough that was on the A249 to Sheerness.

We had a very clear run and I felt well.


I presented the Marsden with a copy of my book and signed it for them with the promise that book three is being written now to cover the next two year to cover the trial. Everyone was delighted as they read book one.

We settled in the waiting room and other patients arrived an so we chatted away about our different treatment. There was another Mesothelioma patient and he was telling me has was been on a drug that failed and now on a new one. This is why I keep saying get refereed to the Marsden. They get trials -small ones that the NHS dont get. 

He is doing very well although he had a bad cough. A very positive man.

I went in for my bloods and they were taken and I went to wait for the Doctor.

Called in I discussed my funny turns and he wanted a ECG and a trace test. Blood pressure standing and laying down. –He did you tell me the symptoms and let me be the Doctor and I will tell you what it is. whoops ! I must admit I do self diagnose bless him he is right to tell me off.  

He took me to the nurse and I started. Shivering and coming over funny so they saw one of my dying swans  there in front of them.

Everything comes out great all the measurements are good.

One of the nurses said its like you have to have the drug as if your doing cold turkey. The Doctor said no way.He had said they are finding Keytruda does have so really weird side effects.

What they have done is to take a blood test in some special culture and see what grows as they think that if there was something in my PICC line and when they take blood and the flush it travels in my blood as they said it was like I was having epileptic shock.

They wrapped me up in a blanket after I was sick and gave me a sickness drug.

I went to sleep on and off all day.

I woke up feeling OK just as the wonder drug appeared at 1pm and after it went in I felt really good.

I dropped off to sleep coming home and felt so bad that I had been unsociable with the other patients. But they will understand as I would with them.

I slept off and on coming home and got in to a warm house and a hot coffee.

I now feel so well. What a funny day

The Doctors did go on strike today but The Marsden was covered well.

I do agree with the strike as it is about a new contract but I wont get political But just had to put this on as it is on Facebook and its so true.

nhs doctors strike

I do agree with that 


Junior doctors and medical students demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London as part of an England-wide one-day strike in a dispute with the government over new contracts

Junior doctors have been urged to return to the negotiating table by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who described their 24-hour strike in England as “completely unnecessary”.

NHS England said about 10,000 junior doctors had reported for duty out of 26,000 scheduled to work the day shift.

Thousands of routine operations have been cancelled during the walkout in protest at a proposed new contract.

The BMA said the strike sent a “clear message” to the government.

“We deeply regret the level of disruption caused, but this is a fight for the long-term safety of patients and junior doctors’ working lives,” said Dr Johann Malawana, chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) junior doctors’ committee.

He said that junior doctors had “no confidence” in the new contract.

NHS England apologised to affected patients, and said trusts would try to reschedule cancelled appointments and operations as soon as possible.

‘Hardly surprising’

The walkout, which began at 08:00 GMT, comes after talks between the union and government failed to reach agreement on the proposed new contract. The BMA is concerned about pay for weekend working, career progression and safeguards to protect doctors from being overworked.

But ministers have argued the current arrangements are outdated and changes are needed to improve standards of care at the weekend.

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