"There's a myth that anyone who has a liver problem has brought it on themselves" This quote is from a Crohn's disease patient living with a blocked portal vein hoping for a liver transplant (Independent 31st Oct 2010)

Friday, 12 November 2010


Blood test results are back from my 6 week post op check. Everything is NORMAL! Hurrah.
AFP tumour marker is down from 152 to 3. The secretary printed it out and re-read to confirm that such a large drop was correct. Allowing for the cirrhosis I couldn't have expected any better. No cancer. All other liver functions are back within normal range including the important albumin and bilirubin. Clotting range is normal. It all adds up to 100% perfect for someone with cirrhosis and keeps me within the Childs Pugh A grade.
Wii fit: 10 mins of aerobic stepping (about 700 steps I think) + 10 minutes of snowboarding for fun.


  1. Hooray for remission!!! That has to be one of the best words in the dictionary for us cancer survivors. Right up there with 'family' and 'friend'. Congratulations on your excellent health report. That's 100% fantastic.

    I found your blog while reading Caroles. She doesn't know me, either. I'm one of those bloggers who post in the wee hours of the night. Cancer definitely can do that.

    A wonderfully comforting word to find in the dictionary is 'love'. May the love of family and friends continue to surround you and sustain you in your health challenges.

    I believe it was Winston Churchill who said, "Success in not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts." Aren't we glad that 'courage' is also in the dictionary?

    So hears to courage, love, friends, and family! And for Fiona, hears to remission!

  2. Did I just write 'hears to remission" instead of "here's to remission"? Good gracious. Where's that dictionary?

    Oh, and let's have a here's to "no more cancer in you Carole"!

  3. Steve. Thanks so much for your comments. I've logged on to your blog and 'joined'. Fingers crossed all goes to plan for your December surgery. Sounds like your treatment up to now has had more effect on the tumour than Carole's radiation. Fingers crossed too for her recovery. Reading others cancer blogs I have been so so lucky not needing chemo. Now I have 3 months 'freedom' until the inevitable back of the mind nervousness over the next lot of check up blood tests but here's to enjoying that time to the full.