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December 16th 2015; Cake day number 10

I had intended that this would be my the last post. When life is plodding on there is little to report – except perhaps that life is plodding on. Ten years ago I might not have been so sure. And … Continue reading

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December 16th 2014. Cake day No 9

It will not have escaped the notice of regular readers that the urge to write is diminishing. Well, not so much the urge as the need or even ability. Looking back over the past nine years I can see that … Continue reading

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If the nurse comes in … part 5.

It’s that time of year again. We’re back at the Oxford Cancer Centre. We have a love/hate relationship with the place – we hate coming here and love leaving (usually). The tension and anxiety gradually build in the days and … Continue reading

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cancer envy

I can see what they’re trying to do.  I can even see why they’re trying to do it.  But the ‘how’ just leaves me speechless.  Well no – that’s not quite true.  I’m bending Annie’s ear… “and another thing…”  The … Continue reading

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singing for breathing

Back in November the cardiology/respiratory exercise class¹ that I belong to asked if I would be willing to attend a workshop on Singing for Breathing at the Royal Brompton Hospital sometime in January.  The aim is to help people with long-term respiratory … Continue reading

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cake day number 8

RIP Edna Kabappel “ha” Edna Kabappel, Bart Simpson’s teacher at Springfield Elementary School, was a great comic invention.  She had many catchphrases – one of my favourites being, “Don’t do as I say, do as I mean”.   I find myself … Continue reading

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tooth story 2

Back in the 1970s I lived next door to a couple who had a son around my age – mid-20s.  One day he went to the dentist to have a tooth removed (tooth ache perhaps – I don’t remember the … Continue reading

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