“It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning …”

Caption:  Peter Trayhurn and his famous Lost-At-Sea experience.  Video: courtesy of Marcus O’Brien

I first met Peter Trayhurn at the Hallwang clinic in Germany.

I was sitting in the dining room at the clinic, when in strode this incredibly tall man who commandeered himself a place at the table and started chatting confidently to everyone and criticising some cancer treatments he’d been researching.

I asked him who he was, and his reply was:  “Pete … Peter Trayhurn.”

He obviously expected some form of recognition from me, and when I looked blankly at him, he added (with that characteristic confidence that I would come to recognise as one of his traits) before he made a dramatic exit: “read my blog.”

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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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