FRIDAY 3 AUGUST 2007: First of all I need to apologise for not replying to
all the emails and phone calls and letters of support individually. Thank
you so much for all your messages of support and offers of help. Reading
them definitely helped while I dealt with a serious cancer diagnosis.
After the initial shock of my diagnosis, I have now come to terms with the
path that must be taken. Treatment has started and let me tell you it's not
much fun. Chemo was a quick one week dose of two different drugs, now
finished. Radiotherapy is three weeks of treatments, five days a week. Ten
down, five to go.
There is no confirmed date for surgery yet but it is likely to be in around
the middle of September. They will remove the oesophagus as well as some of
the lymph nodes in the area, stretch the stomach from a balloon shape into
a tube and attach it to the base of my throat.
Even with the treatment the odds are still stacked against me. Five year
survival rates are around 30% but I am much younger and healthier than most
others with this disease so we are banking on better stats than that. I am
optimistic about a successful treatment and look forward to feeling healthy
again and enjoying life.
I would like to thank my sponsors for sticking with me through this: the
Toyota and Skins teams are great to work with and have been very
understanding. I hope to be able to repay them in the future by getting my
career back on track.
Thanks again for all your support.