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  • cakefest
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    I’m beyond ecstatic that my 6 weeks of radiotherapy finished 3 weeks ago after my malignant parotid tumour in the right side of my face was removed back in early November 2011. http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/fighting-cancertoday-is-tough

    The side-effects were luckily very low scale – a sore throat that made me need to eat soft foods only after 5 weeks (other patients had this after week 2 and lost 15% body weight through their treatment), sore and irritable skin on the RT entry point that flaked off after 7 weeks and is now baby soft, hair loss at the back of my head where the RT exited, – and I was really lucky that they only got tricky after coming home from London where I got first class treatment at the Royal Marsden in Chelsea on a machine called Carlyle.

    I’m back home in hilly Ludlow for 3 weeks now and this morning went out for my first post-treatment ride. Jeepers it was fantastic. Because the right side of my face droops after they took out the facial nerve, I get a good Lake Garda quantity of tears building up as my blink doesn’t work properly. That made vision up to six feet a bit tricky, but so long as I focus on something more than 6 feet away it wasn’t too bad. As the facial nerve graft from my right ankle takes over the next few months years, this should improve. I stuck to the fireroads and it was pretty straightforward.

    Weight loss was about 7lbs, but as I put on 7lbs before the RT started by eating cream cakes and rich food, it’s mostly evened out.

    I’ve been using a turbo trainer 2x 15mins each day for 2 weeks now and it’s made a big difference. It’s helped keep me positive, upbeat, and has flushed a lot of the bad stuff out of my system and helped me absorb the food that I’m eating. At first after coming home I could only manage soup, but as I sniff the air right now I can smell potatoes dauphinoise, sausages, and peas. Nicely.

    Many thanks for all your inspirational messages over the past 4 months that have helped keep me going. While going through my RT I would often come to stw.com and read about what you were all doing with your lives, and it helped me keep going when things got tricky.

    If you see any Alaskan Puppy race jerseys at Mayhem this year, or one of the CRC marathons or just out and about with a big smile and a droopy right side of the face, that’s me. Please say hello as I power past you up the hill.

    My wife Lara and son Rowan, as well as family and friends have been incredible and to them go my warmest love and thanks for helping me through the dark days. It’s all shown me how lucky I am to be alive and living in such a fantastic place, surrounded by such wonderful people with incredible spirit and love.

    Life goes on.

    Good job! Glad you’re back on your bike.

    Premier Icon BigJohn
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    Fantastic! Keep it up!

    Happy for you.

    inigomontoya
    Member

    Great news, well done.

    showerman
    Member

    good to hear you are on the mend look after that eye.

    singlecrack
    Member

    Good man ………get out and ride .. πŸ˜€

    freeagent
    Member

    My younger brother is fighting the big C (hes 34) i’ve got sooo much respect for anyone in this position.. keep going, you are an inspiration.

    jools182
    Member

    Great news, puts a lot of things in perspective

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    Good stuff. Happy healings mate.

    Premier Icon ton
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    good for you mate, keep on keeping on!
    8)

    Premier Icon crewlie
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    Well done, it’s great to get that behind you. I managed to keep biking for the first 3 weeks of my RT (prostate) which amused the radiologists no end. But after that it was just too tiring, and sitting on the bike got a bit sore πŸ˜•
    Keep going, oh, and you’re absolutely right about the people around you, couldn’t get through it without them.

    tang
    Member

    Nice one!

    bullheart
    Member

    but as I sniff the air right now I can smell potatoes dauphinoise, sausages, and peas

    Bourgeoise…

    Well done my friend. It all starts from now.

    oldgrump08
    Member

    Fantastic, keep enjoying life!

    scud
    Member

    Good work mate, makes you appreciate the good simple things in life doesn’t it? Bikes and food!

    Premier Icon myheadsashed
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    Good job, treat yourself to a new bike………

    Premier Icon njee20
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    Didn’t realise you’d been ill chap, great news you’ve seen it off! Hopefully catch up at some even this year!

    Nick

    Premier Icon Bunnyhop
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    Great news that have got back on the bike and you’re looking after yourself, with the help of family and friends.

    Premier Icon CHB
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    Enjoy and good luck!

    noteeth
    Member

    Nice one. πŸ˜€

    Result .
    must be great to get out and about . hopefully the watery eye will decrease as the temps rise .
    congrats!

    Sue_W
    Member

    Well done you!

    Here’s to continued recovery and more biking πŸ™‚

    andyl
    Member

    Excellent news. πŸ™‚

    iDave
    Member

    inspiring, good luck!

    souldrummer
    Member

    Good to hear.

    wisepranker
    Member

    Good stuff. Glad to see that you didn’t let it beat you.

    It’s always good to hear about people tackling cancer and getting back on with their life πŸ˜€

    robbo
    Member

    Great post. Thanks. Enjoy your recovery. Remember – what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…

    WillC9999
    Member

    I don’t know you from Adam but you are inspirational. Great news and well done for the positive attitude.

    stratobiker
    Member

    Yaaaay!!! Great news!!!! Well done cakefest. Ride on!!!

    Premier Icon curtisthecat
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    Awsome!!!!!

    Happy days.

    That’s a fantastic post and pretty inspirational – good on you pal, enjoy your riding!

    DickieS
    Member

    Great News! Remember my first rides/ski runs/almost anythings post treatment….so, so good. Enjoy every one of them! Chuffed for you. Rich

    Mark N
    Member

    Great news and back on the bike as well.. Win win. πŸ™‚

    rainbow
    Member

    That’s great news, it always good to hear a positive outcome, nice one.

    hock
    Member

    Respect! Very inspirational!

    nickhart
    Member

    Great news, sounds like you could justify some nice riding specs to keep the breeze out and unwanted debris too!
    Riding after something like that is just so much sweeter than before, perspective an all! Keep it up.

    Premier Icon MussEd
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    Hat off to you mate. Respect.

    Premier Icon big_scot_nanny
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    Great effort, keep on keeping on!

    Kev

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