David, Janice Johnstone
Hope for cancer
Dear Sir, I am a 52 year old male who back in October 1999 I was diagnosed as having a malignant Cancerous growth on my left kidney. It was large enough to move the kidney onto the spleen. I was admitted to a local hospital and scheduled for surgery quite quickly, to remove the growth, kidney and spleen but during the operation it was discovered that they were all matted in with blood vessels and my surgeon decided not to operate but to leave it as it was and give me a course of Radiotherapy. This was carried out over a period of 30 visits to the same hospital late the same year and into 2000.
Since that therapy I have had scans ,xrays and medication which has controlled it to a certain extent, but as it is malignant it can decide to invade any other part of my body as and when it feels like.
I write this letter not because I am complaining but to give hope to other Cancer sufferers, to talk to others about the illness, not to give up hope, adopt the attitude that I have Cancer and not Cancer has me and to thank my wife, Helen, daughters Amanda and Lisa for the love and help they have given me in the difficult times since surgery.
It is nearly 18 months since that surgery and in that time we have enjoyed the sun in your lovely island once, so much so that we have booked for another trip and hope to do so for many years to come.
John C Young