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Funny how life throws you those little curve balls isn’t it? Ho hum.

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Ow Chris, that really sounds like your rear axle is hanging off.
Really sorry to hear.
Life will be a struggle for some time, but I've been told that you are built like a cruiser : not the prettiest or the best road handling, but a bit of tlc and some expensive parts will keep you running for ever.
Best wishes for a good recovery from the Belgian crew.
 
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What is it they say? Even in the midst of life we are in death or something. And it's not over yet, in fact we've only just begun (ooh song reference there) and there are stories of people who live with cancer for years. Incurable doesn't necessarily mean fatal and I have to keep telling myself that. But this is not the same being screened and told there's early signs detected. This is full on developed and honestly lads it's very hard not to think of it as being the end of the line. I can be chirpy and positive all I like but I'm in the hands of the medics now. I'll keep smiling through and all of your positive thoughts here genuinely do help me to remain positive.

I've too many miles left to drive in an 80 to give up now. The road is long. (Ooh second song reference)
 

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Just found this thread and it's of the worst kind.
"A curved ball", that's not the phrase I would have used! Your attitude and positivity are admirable Chris and if they were a treatment you're well on the way to beating it. The outcome is by no means inevitable and, as you say, you are in the hands of the medics who say it's treatable. Everyone reacts differently to treatment and the "end of the line" could be years away. All the very best from all the family here to you and yours.
 

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Thanks chaps. Just the kinda support I need to get through this. No point moping around asking why me, oh isn't life cruel. Doesn't change anything. Just head down and charge!!!!!!

Right attitude....... and all my ex services mates would already be asking......." what size boots are you ?" and....." can I have a crack at the wife when your gone ?"
Humour ,and determined pure bloody mindness will see you through this , step one of sharing it with others achieved...
Crack on ..... you are not alone in this fight and win each battle at a time ....
 

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Just been up the hospital again - seem to be living there which after barely being ill a day in my entire life is still very strange. Every single person I have dealt with in this whole saga so far has been utterly fantastic. Hmm, perhaps save my GP but moving on...

The receptionist at A&E back in Feb when I first rocked up - hilarious. The SAU team who prepped me and made me tea and toast, just awsome. The lady cleaning the floor, just brilliant. The theatre team - we were in stitches as I was lying on the table. Back on the ward - outstanding. And now the cancer specialist and support people, just angels every one of them. I'm a miserable grumpy old **** at times just because it suits me. Stops me being invited to parties I don't want to go to anyway. But in the presence of those people, it's impossible to keep that façade going. Special shout to Nidge yesterday at the Hallamshire who shoved a length of plastic pipe into me. He'll never read this but you Sir are a legend.

If the treatment works as well as the care I've had so far, I'll still be taking entries from you sorry ********s for the Forum Calandar even after they ban diesels and we're all driving 4x4 washing machines.
 

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Iv just read the Post, My thoughts are with you Chris.... Im going through a similar thing, Waiting to have my right Testicle removed..... Yes life can throw some curved Balls our way, Or Ball, soon to be in my case.......... All the best Chris
 
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Hello Chris had shock and disbelief reading the first post and now got AWE and PRAISE for you the nature of the beast is to frighten and intimidate but as your first ever job was a balaclava model the beast is cowering in the corner in a puddle of its own piss and shit
Dont get well Chris You were never sick
 

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Hi Chris, sorry to hear about this battle you're facing. These things are certainly sent to test us!

I remember when I went through it last year, I thought what a bloody inconvenience! It really messed up all my plans and delayed me achieving the things I wanted to last year.

But I believe what helped me triumph was my unwavering belief that I would beat it and get through it. I didn't for a second allow myself to even think 'what if'. Failure wasn't an option!
I still had far too many things I needed to do, not to mention a family that needed me.

It was hands down the toughest thing I've ever had to endure in life and although I remained mentally strong through out, many tears were shed as it certainly made me stop and look at life and see what truly matters and it definitely brought me closer to my family.

I hope you find the strength and courage to fight this bastard disease.

Try to keep your spirits up and remain positive and hopeful. You've got this mate!

My thoughts are with you and your family during this challenging time.
 

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Thank you Ben. I couldn't believe it when you were dealt that shitty hand either. Got lots more tracks to drive and camps to set up. I'm focussed on doing that and cracking a cool one sitting in the sunshine somewhere where I don't have to worry about my awning blowing away.
 

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Yeah you just never know what's around the corner!

That's it mate, focus on those things and it will be all the more enjoyable when you get there, which you will! :thumbup:

Funny story.........

My doctors said when all your intensive hospital treatment is over all you will want to do is go on a nice holiday with your family and I thought yeah that would be lovely!

So for the next 6 months that's one of the things that helped get me through. I'd lie in my hospital bed for hours thinking and planning for this amazing holiday we were going to go on up in QLD. :icon-cool:

Only at the end of that 6 months................ Melbourne had become the lepper state and all the other states had closed their borders to us, due to Melbournes Covid outbreak and for the next 100 days I couldn't even leave the house apart from to go to hospital appointments, let alone a few weeks in the sun for a much needed holiday! :doh:

Which reminds me I really should get something booked soon.
 

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Hi Chris,

very sorry to hear of your news,
been reading these posts , you sound a strong character with such a positive mind to beat this awful disease,
stay positive & keep the humour going, & link to sound tracks
all the very best
bob
 

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Chris, that news made me almost put me hob nob down, I've backed off over the last couple of days from posting as this resonates with family experiences over the last few years and each time I've hit the keyboard it's been a bit of struggle to be honest.

The lads have got you nailed to a tee, the no nonsense "give it to me between the eyes" stance and "I'll decide how I deal with this" is not only brave, ballsy and stubborn but it's the Chris we know and love so fair fucks to you on that one.

Treatment may or may not sideswipe you for a bit but, you are a tenacious bugger, who, lets face it, fell out of a rooftent and still slept soundly which would have had us mere mortals calling for an ambulance, you Yorkshire folk are made of stern stuff indeed.

I echo the comments already made about the inspirational "matter of factness" and I'm sure Andy will be a pillar of support at this time with his experiences and similarly told cancer to 'eff off.

From my deepest part of my being, I wish you a speedy recovery and my only suggestion is chuck a couple of your hottest Durbans down you, that stuff frightens off diseases we don't even know about yet.
 

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Well with support like that how can I possibly fail Trev? Only forwards, never back, eh?

Durban, now there's an idea mate!

I think part of what compelled me to write something is that I have no intention of dropping out of sight. And I sort of wanted to avoid the awkward reaction when people bump into me and that inevitable 'Fook, I didn't recognise him' comment. It's going to be hard, but I'm used to fighting to get what I want. And I figure that I certainly want this.
 

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Bad luck Chris. I'm in your position and have been since 2004 with aggressive style prostate cancer. After radiotherapy failed I asked them how long I had left and they said "2 years if it's aggressive" which they knew it was. Last week I saw my new consultant and I again asked him how long I had left and he said "Oh some people go on for years, lets see when you were diagnosed...............Crikey 2004" lol.
Anyway I hope my good luck is your good luck as well.

I had low iron levels last year and went for colonoscopy. " We cant get this lump out through your bottom, it's too big" so how do you fancy having half your colon out? OK whatever. Back to normal now. Pre cancerous tumour.
 

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I have a mate was given 3 weeks. 12 years ago. So there are always these examples to hang on to Frank as you say.
 

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Good luck Chris. My dad has recently had a similar diagnosis and my mum died of cancer a few years ago. Hence at 40 I've already had my first colonoscopy, so I know what you went through there!

I really wish you good luck mate.
 

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My brother lasted 35+ years after his diagnosis and my sister is still going 40 or so years after hers.
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