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Wow!

Dear friends Team McCord is completely flabbergasted at the incredible response to our request for sponsorship for the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. We can’t believe our humble effort has generated this staggering flood of donations – but we are delighted, … Continue reading

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Goodbye Sutent, Hello me!

A few days ago we were driving back from our latest trip to the oncologist at the Sutent clinic at the Western General hospital in Edinburgh. As we stopped at a traffic light Robin eyed me warily. “Now I want … Continue reading

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Lifeline

I’m a rebel at heart. Rules are made to be broken… even, nay, especially, my own strictures, such as the one about updating this blog at least once a month. I’ve been taking some stick about my online absence. I’m … Continue reading

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Requiem

2012, the allegedly apocalyptic year, did get off to a grim start for us. While my family continued to mourn my Uncle Dougie, my Aunt Marion and my cousin Alex having to face the harsh daily grind of grief, Robin’s … Continue reading

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Absent Friend

Life has been rather hectic since I last posted. Like most of you we have been busy shopping, socialising and visiting or hosting guests over the festive season and I wouldn’t know how to begin thanking all the family and … Continue reading

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Extra time – a benefit or a burden?

Just over a year ago I was frantically doing everything I could to avoid taking Sunitinib (trade name Sutent), the gold standard treatment for kidney cancer, a ‘life extending’ multikinase inhibitor which has had such an impact on halting the … Continue reading

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Limboland

I’ve had quite a few emails from friends and considerate followers of the blog who are concerned that I haven’t updated for a while and this has indeed been the longest gap in my posts. This update is necessitated by … Continue reading

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Scotland Kidney Cancer Patient Day

Our lazy fortnight in a four star beach hotel in Fuertaventura was a real treat and gave us both a chance to recharge batteries – providing a much needed rest from the grind of driving, shopping, cooking and cleaning for … Continue reading

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True Grit

Thanks for the concern over my chipmunk cheeks (last post). I thought my swollen face might have been an allergic reaction but as it lasted over a week the medics thought not. A GP at my local surgery speculated it … Continue reading

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Swollen face

That’s me that is. I woke up this morning with swollen cheeks and bear a strong resemblance to a chipmunk (not the grime rapper but the North American small squirrel, see left). The weather is lovely but there is no … Continue reading

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