Diary Of A Survivor

Awarded Social Care ‘Cancer Blog of the Year! by Global Health and Pharma

A friend calls his diary ‘my dreary’; since he had cancer it now lists hospital appointments instead of parties. Know exactly what he means – so here is my Dreary.

GP by phone

The Media is full of shock! horror! stories about GPs now giving consultations on the phone, as though that were a bad thing. Yes, I admit that there are times when you need to see a GP face-to-face, but for someone like myself who finds it difficult to get to a...

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Don’t get old!

Phoning to book hospital transport, I was horrified to be asked "do you have a DNR (Do not resuscitate) order?"  Next time I was asked the same question, and now it comes every time and reminds me growing old is not for the faint-hesrted. The thought that if I have an...

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Freedom Day – but what freedom for us?

Freedom Day hasn't changed much for those of us with cancer problems, and somehow things aren't clear - friends are still reluctant to join crowds and so am I. We aren't clear about when and why we should or shouldn't wear masks;  if we should or shouldn't meet up...

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Yes Minister! is no longer funny

During lockdown, I've enjoyed watching old TV series I missed first time round. I remember the days when one was actually out at a party, or having a meal with friends, so missed them first time. Settling down for an orgy of old TV shows, I turned on Yes Minister!...

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Nicola Sturgeon has a point

When Tony Blair was an aspiring MP, he gave a speech to newspaper Editors about 'photo opportunities'.  Up until that time, no-one had thought much about the science behind these pictures - but he and his team were to suss out every possible advantage to be gained...

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Stop wasting NHS money

Events organisers are back in business, targetting NHS Trusts.  These Trusts are one of the biggest buyers of their services, as most have an unlimited budget for these events, such as the latest entitled New Deal for the NHS. STOP!  WE DON'T need any more New Deals. ...

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I am a Winner

I never win anything - except once at a very smart Ball I won a year's supply of deodorant, my raucous friends thought this very funny,  but I've won nothing meaningful.  Until this Christmas Eve, when Dave our postman called up to me to say he had a special...

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Update on the 10 Commandments today

In today's complex world, when our leaders don't even know what is the law - or even abide by it - I found this update on the Commandments; it seems to make more sense than rules which change every day.  I quite like Nos. 1 and 3  - to be repeated when dealing with...

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