"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)

Sunday, 7 November 2010


Tomorrow, Monday, is hospital admission day for a fellow blogger. To have a laparoscopic abdominoperineal resection for lower rectal cancer. Six hours of surgery. Intensive Care for a day or two, then High Dependency Unit, then a general ward for 10 days. I’ll continue to check your blog for news of your progress Carole.

Today art critic Tom Lubbock writes in The Observer of his diagnosis in 2008 with gliobastoma multiforme or high grade brain tumour. He is in his early 50’s with a 3 year old son. Of his first surgery he writes “brain surgery: not worried about the operation; feeling excited, honoured, to be benefiting from, taking part in, human expertise at this level”. He then writes of the bliss (I wouldn’t use quite that word but I know what he’s saying) of waking in recovery and finding his mind is still working and his body parts functioning.

1 comment:

  1. Awww thanks for the mention Fiona - much appreciate.

    I have no idea how Tom felt so positive about the whole experience of major surgery.
    I get the 'bliss' part afterwards (*sort of) but the excited bit beforehand...no, not me. Just plain scared is what I'm feeling, scared, sick and worried.

    Anyway, be back soon - in the meantime keep well, exercise gently, enjoy the outside whilst it's still slightly mild and eat good food to regain your strength xxxx