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A little help from my friends

I’ve written enough about myself for a while, that I must write about some of the people who are being so supportive and helpful.

Richard and David have fetched shopping and prescriptions, driving through nasty conditions to do so, when Gillian felt that she couldn’t safely leave me on my own. A lifeline, to say the least. Just this morning, too, Elspeth and Will took Gillian on a shopping trip which meant that we would be able to eat fresh food, cooked from scratch, rather than from tins or the freezer.

Richard (a different one) offered us the use of his parents’ flat, which is a lot nearer the hospital where I’ll be getting the majority of the chemotherapy. It will be a real comfort to know that we have that resource available, which will make that aspect of the treatment a lot less trying. Beyond that, Richard has been a great telephone conversationalist, in spite of going through some fairly trying troubles of his own. He is a true friend, who I value immensely.

I have been the subject of a torrent of emails, phone calls, cards, presents and good wishes from both Gillian’s and my own family. Janet went to enormous trouble to devise menus over the New Year so that I would be able to join in the celebrations as far as I could. That meant an awful lot to me.

The wise, warm, loving, enthusiastic community at LibriVox (my main online hangout) has been great. They have sent support, good wishes and prayers. I’m looking forward immensely to getting back to work there.

Most important, as you will have already gathered by now, is Gillian. She hates cooking, but has cooked for me, even raw meat and fish. She loathes driving, but has driven me to more hospital appointments than I can remember, through some frightening conditions. She has held my head when I vomited, and generally dealt with all the ick and yuck with immense fortitude. She talks with me when I want to talk, and leaves me alone when I’m unaccountably antisocial. She has taken over hated housework duties that I gladly took on when I was made redundant, but can no longer manager at the moment. In short, she has been my rock. I love you and I thank you.

Thank you also to all the people I’ve mentioned and to those not mentioned. You know who you are, and I’m very grateful to all of you.

There may be a short hiatus, while I am in the hospital for my first chemotherapy, which starts tomorrow. Normal service will resume as soon as possible.

{ 6 } Comments

  1. Neeru | 9 January 2010 at 9:21 pm | Permalink


    All the very best! Hope your first chemotherapy session goes really well and helps.
    Missing you and your enthusiasm at LibriVox. Come back soon, and well!



  2. icyjumbo | 9 January 2010 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Neeru. Me too. I intend to.

  3. Claire Knights | 10 January 2010 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I was so shocked when I heard your news. I hope the chemotherapy goes well – I will be thinking of you


  4. icyjumbo | 10 January 2010 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Claire, I really appreciate that. Chemotherapy delayed by a day due to emergency cases getting ahead of me. 🙁 Better luck tomorrow. 🙂

  5. Paul Maddox | 13 January 2010 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Chris I’m sorry to hear about this. why is it this sort of thing always seems to happen to the good guys?
    If I can do anything just let me know.

  6. icyjumbo | 14 January 2010 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Paul [blush]

    As I said to Jayne, it really helps me to have people reading and commenting. Please keep doing so, and I’ll keep answering while I can. There may be some delays…