Having ‘rung the bell’ at the end of my chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just before Christmas, I found out last Tuesday that I am now officially in remission!
I am hugely grateful to all the family, friends and medical professionals who helped me along the road to recovery and my thoughts are with all those fellow patients that I met who are still undergoing treatment. Chemotherapy is really not much fun at all and I remain in awe of the amazing team on Ingham Ward who patiently wired me up to the machines every fortnight for six months.
While we have kept the Old School craft hub ticking over for the last few months, knowing that my treatment is now finished means we can move things up a few gears! Over the next week we will posting details of a range of forthcoming workshops, craft fairs and other exciting opportunities that you might be interested in. Crochet? Bookbinding? Spinning? That’s just for starters…
Finally, as a small gesture of thanks for all the care I received, David and I have signed up to do a 26-mile ‘Mighty Hike’ across the Peak District in July, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Macmillan nurses based at Lincoln hospital are as helpful as they are lovely – they were always at the end of the phone with reassuring words when I was panicking over chemo side-effects, and they helped me to organise my all-important wig voucher!
26 miles is going to be something of a challenge – it’s been a while since I’ve walked that far, so training starts right away! If you would like to help us to thank Macmillan for the support we received (and no doubt the support they will continue to provide for others), you can donate on our JustGiving page here. Any amount you feel you can give is very gratefully received. We’ve called our team The Lymp Homers, partly to acknowledge the cancer I had, and partly to describe what I will doing after a 26-mile hike!