The Next Step

May 19, 2010

We met with the onocologist this morning – the NHS can be madly efficient in times of crisis!

Because of Andy’s BUPA insurance it means chemo will happen at home instead of 2 days in hospital every 2 weeks. He will have a line put into his chest and every two weeks we’ll go to Bushey, they’ll hook him up and we go home. Then 48 hours later we’ll go back and they’ll unhook him.

He’ll also have access to better drugs to control the side effects which is wonderful. The oncologist is confident that life will continue as normal outside the treatments, as long as he’s not having the horrible tingling in his hands and feet he can go to work and go biking/running as normal. This is really wonderful news as we were worried he’d have to be at home being ‘sick’ for months. And we don’t have to worry about all of our savings disappearing. And I can go back to uni part time next term.

Other pieces of good news were that he won’t lose his hair, and his fertility is unlikely to be affected long term. But we’ll still freeze his sperm just to be sure.

There is so much to be thankful for today. Praise God for His faithfulness, I have never felt His peace like this before. He is good!!




  1. Was reminded of this hymn this morning, and hope it brings you more encouragement.

    How Firm a Foundation

    How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
    is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
    What more can He say than to you He hath said,
    to you that for refuge to Jesus have fled?

    “Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed!
    For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid,
    I’ll strengthen thee, help thee and cause thee to stand, upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

    “When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
    My grace, all sufficient, shall be Thy supply;
    The flame shall not hurt Thee, I only design,
    Thy dross to consume, and Thy gold to refine.

    “The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
    I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
    That soul, though all hell shall endeavour to shake,
    I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

    John Rippon, 1787

  2. The NHS usually comes up trumps for things like this! 😉 Good luck and praying for you both. Have you been put in touch with MacMillan? They were a fantastic source for help and advice for all kinds of things related to cancer (most of which we hadn’t even thought of!).

  3. You are both amazing!
    I am truly thankful that the NHS has done their best for you.
    May God bless you and may you feel the peace of God in the coming days ( some of which will be tough!)
    Love to you both
    Clare & Mike ( if he was not in Afghanistan) xx

  4. You are an amazing wife, writer and warrior for your husband. The way you write is insightful and honest and thank you for letting us into your life. You both are in my prayers as you take on cancer and kick it to the curb.

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