Life planning??

Life planning??

Yes, it’s nearly the end of the weekend again. Those of you who work will be starting to think about what lies ahead, and maybe trying to prepare in some way. A presentation to work on, or a report to write. Maybe some preparation for a meeting that you have, or your boss wants to talk to you in the morning!! Who knows what the week will bring? Who we will talk to or meet. It could change our lives, for better or worse. I heard a very good clip of an interview with Nigel Adkins the manager of Southampton FC. When asked about the prospects for his team in the future, he mentioned that he was only concerned with today. His point was that he could only effect the future by

Is your life all about timing?

Is your life all about timing?

Yesterday I was in London for a very important meeting. I was in good time, and selected a random spot to stand, awaiting my tube. It was busy and I got on the train. I grabbed the first handrail, and standing next to me was a very good friend of mine, who was going to a business meeting. He didn’t know I was coming to town and I didn’t know he was either.If we had planned to meet like that it would almost have been impossible! That prompted my thought for the day. I started to think about a lot of the major turning points in my life, and I can say that in nearly every case things have happened for me at the right time. Is that about luck? Do you

Today is a missing work day!

I explained on yesterdays post, how much I enjoyed my work with the group. I am already looking forward to tomorrow when I will be seeing my colleagues at Macmillan.Then the following day I am attending a Macmillan Council meeting, which will be an opportunity to talk to the Board about some of the work we are involved with. Although I am feeling very tired, I am having one of those days, where I long to go to work! I am sure that a lot of you reading this might think I must also need mental help as well. I am busy  today with a lot of paperwork and phone calls to do. In between, people pop in and want to chat, so it is not that I need more to do. In fact

The good work never stops

The good work never stops

On the first Monday of every month, I help facilitate a support group for prostate cancer patients at my local cancer centre. This is a role that I have been doing,(subject to my own health) for approximately three years. It is a day that I look forward to, and I thank the centre and members for welcoming me and making me feel a real part of the group. The members are all different personalities and experiences and at different stages of treatment, but have that very strong common bond of a cancer experience, which they are only too happy to share with each other. The benefit of a support group is that everyone can tap into other peoples experiences,to help them with their own decisions. As I have said many times before,

Coping with Loss

I am writing today,having read the very sad story of PC David Rathband who was shot and blinded in July 2010 and has now committed suicide. In one unforeseen moment, his life changed forever. Of course he lost his sight, but he also lost a lot other things too. When I went to the hospital for what I considered to be a routine visit, and was told that I was dying,my life changed forever. I lost my job, my wife became my carer, I was constantly in and out of hospital for long periods,sick for a lot of the time. I lost my independence in most ways. I couldn’t physically drive, I earned no money and could barely move. I was a passenger instead of the driver. Some of those things have

Time is my puzzle. Any answers??

Time is my puzzle. Any answers??

Being busy is what most people would answer if you ask them what they are up to. I secretly think that people would be embarrassed to say that they weren’t busy! They would feel out of step with others. Maybe they would think that they weren’t popular? Why have others got so much to do and I haven’t?? People don’t like to appear different, do they? Busy is always a great excuse that people use when they don’t really want to do something and find it difficult to say so. Would you like to go to the gym? Would love to, but too busy! People are never too busy to do the things that they really want to do because they make the time! Basically, we find time for things

A positive couple of days!

A positive couple of days!

Well one good thing is that Monday has come and gone. The bad travelling to and from the hospital is done, and most importantly, so is the treatment! My treatment has been changed from Fri/Sat to Mon/Tues as we always seemed to have a problem on Saturday. As I may have expained before, my veins are poor, meaning that they are very narrow because of the chemicals that have been put through them in the last few years. The treatment that I am currently having, means that they have to find a good vein to connect me to. It seems like I only have one left that is convenient and therefore each time the same one is used. This has caused problems in the past and has meant that both

Routine in my life. (Not my choice!)

Since my early days of work, I very quickly discovered that I was not a person who enjoyed routine. Apart from the fact that I had to go to work every day, that was as much routine as I required! That is why, after a few years of working for large organisations I decide the time was right to spread my wings and work for myself. After nearly 30 years of life where I never new what the next day would bring, I am now enduring a life of fairly strict regime where I go from one appointment to the next and one round of treatment to the next. I mention this as I start my next round of photopheresis at St Thomas’s today. To have the desired effect this has to take