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Friday, July 20, 2012

cancer and colitis update...

A few people have been asking about Jeremy's health at the moment so I thought I would write an update here.

He is doing really well!

The latest tests from the cancer unit show the inflammation in his bladder has reduced dramatically which is really good and we believe really important in preventing more cancerous tumours.

The high level of steroids he was taking for the latest colitis flare up will have helped with this.

The doctor would have been happy to see him in a year but they compromised on an appointment at the end of the year. It's hard to leave it too long between appointments but we also want to get on with 'normal' life and try to forget about it for a while.

On the colitis front, all seems well at the moment. He has been very lucky to be able to receive fortnightly injections of a drug which seems to be working. It is very expensive and not available on the NHS so makes us realise that we are in the right place for this time of our lives. If we were still in the UK he could very well have lost his colon by now.

Jeremy has regained the weight he lost and we are working hard on prevention through chiropractic care and gradual changes to our lifestyle.

I have been reading up on the condition and met someone recently whose boyfriend has it. She was talking about a link with lactose intolerance and lack of sleep so we now drink rice milk and we are trying to get organised in the evenings so we get to bed on time.

We will always live with colitis but I strongly believe that through the chiropractor, diet, exercise and 8 hours of sleep a night we can reduce the number of flare ups and how severe the symptoms are when they happen.

We will also always be looking over our shoulder for the cancer but in this day and age who doesn't?

I am so proud of him for going to the doctor way back at the start of our relationship when we realised things weren't normal with his digestive system and again when he saw blood in his urine. It can seem easier to put it out of your mind and think it will all be OK but really where would we be now if he hadn't had the courage to see someone?

So we hope to have a better second half of this year, take every day as it comes and make the most of life right now.

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