Please pray for my friend, Peter Trayhurn

Now more than ever, my friend, Peter Trayhurn, needs your prayers.

I first met Peter (an Australian) at Hallwang, the German oncology clinic, in 2013.  He went there with Stage 4 Colo-rectal cancer, having been given six months to live by his oncologist in Australia.  His cancer vanished within six weeks’ of treatment, only to rear its head again when he returned to Australia.

Since then, he’s been playing a painful game of whack-a-mole with the cancer.

What’s remarkable is that Peter has outlived most of his doctors’ worse predictions.  He’s outlived most of his friends on cancer forums.  And he’s done so with a very good quality of life.  He’s driven himself all over Germany, flown all over the world in the search for cures, gone scuba diving, lived on an ashram and done yoga.  And been a father and husband.

He’s also the author of a blog:  http://petertrayhurn.blogspot.co.uk/.  It’s a step-by-step account of his cancer journey.  It’s full of infuriating typos and spellos, but it is also full of the latest treatments.  It’s full of his zest of life.  And I can vouch for the fact that the positivity and optimism in his posts is real and authentic, and not a mask.  I think he’s the closest I’ve come to a genuine cancer saint.

A few weeks ago, his condition worsened when he was in Australia.  He was throwing up non-stop and wasn’t absorbing nutrients. I managed to persuade him to Skype me when he was in hospital.  I saw how bad he was.  He was in agony throughout the call despite morphine.

I whispered nervously to him:  “Is this the end?”

He looked into the screen and a small smile lit up his face.

“No, I think it’s just the beginning,” he said.

Please pray for my friend Peter.  Now more than ever, he needs your prayers.  And please also pray for his family.  For his children, who cry every night in their beds.  For his wife.  For his doctors to make the right decisions.  Pray that he pulls through the surgery to help him eat, that his guts heal, that the pain lessens, that he manages to eat, that the cancer vanishes.

Please pray.  Because the world needs more people like Peter to show us how to remain human despite the inhuman trials.   Who can pull smiles out of pain.

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http://petertrayhurn.blogspot.co.uk/

Blogs I follow

These are the blogs I currently follow:

http://www.cancertreatmentsresearch.com/ – amazing site set up by a scientist with a PhD in Physics – his wife and mother got cancer.  Well-researched, current and traditional “cures” and well-written, de-mystifying scientific jargon into plain English.  Good for information on Salinomycin [the new wonder cure].

http://www.triplenegative.co.uk/blog/ – I like Claire’s blog because she’s open about her life, her treatments, her strength, her optimism.  Good, clear explanations about the use of immunotherapies and cutting-edge treatments for breast cancer.  Triple-negative breast cancer is one of the toughest to treat. Claire is proof it is treatable.

http://petertrayhurn.blogspot.co.uk/ – Peter Trayhurn is a friend of mine – I met him at Hallwang Clinic.  Peter was diagnosed with Stage 4 colo-rectal cancer about 4 years ago.  Well, he’s still alive and enjoying a good quality of life.  His blog isn’t the easiest to read or follow.  It tends to be a description of what he’s doing, but his optimism, faith and positiveness are infectious.  Give this man a huge round of applause for his intelligence and courage to follow his own wisdom and heart!

http://thinskin.org/ – This is not a cancer blog.  Nora Logan is a liver transplant recipient. She hopes that this blog might provide others with some solace in their darkest moments and the knowledge that they’re really not alone and there will be light at the end of the tunnel.  I like her blog for her honesty and humour and great writing.

https://adventuresinlivingterminallyoptimistic.com/ – another Stage 4 colo-rectal patient.  Written by an oncology researcher (oh, the irony of it all!) who was diagnosed with Stage 4 CRC.  Good explanations of immunotherapies for colo-rectal cancer which are applicable to other types of cancer.  Good if you want systematic explanations and research and studies.

Humbled by other first-person breast cancer blogs and some brilliant writing

I am humbled.

I came across a cancer blog, Journeying Beyond Cancer, which contained a weekly round-up of other cancer blogs.

I was overwhelmed by how honest and authentic the writers were, how they bared their souls for the whole world.  Some very personal and painful experiences shared.

So sad that such brilliant, poignant, articulate writing has to come out of the suffering that is cancer.  Compared to a lot of the bloggers, my experiences have been less painful and grim – it really puts life into perspective.  I am grateful for their efforts, and awed by their talent – thank you to all those who blog about cancer.

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I loved these blogs especially:

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