Welcome to My Destiny Lies Before Me. Thank you for visiting. This blog is…. well I am not quite sure what it is yet or what it will become. Is it a journal? Or perhaps a way of reviewing the latest books, articles or diets? And, of course I want the blog to be fun!!
It is twenty months since I was given a diagnosis of inoperable metastatic adenocarcinoma of the small bowel. Rare as hens teeth – there is no body of medical literature to direct my treatment. My tumour did show similarity to colorectal cancer so I was given chemotherapy best suited to the large bowel. I was treated really well and my lumps duly shrunk. Then came the difficult bit: “Watch and Wait” the NHS said after finishing eight cycles of chemotherapy. I prefer a more active approach – always have. After finishing chemotherapy I read many books. Reading, reading, searching and trawling through the immense internet and medical literature became an all-absorbing task. It became apparent to me that there is a massive literature on alternative treatments for cancer. The alternative press does not always have pure evidence based medicine at its disposal, often relying on smaller studies and anecdotal reports.
These four books I found truly inspirational:
Surviving “Terminal” Cancer: Clinical Trials, Drug Cocktails, and Other Treatments Your Oncologist Won’t Tell You About – Ben Williams PhD
Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer against all Odds – Kelly Turner
Beyond the Magic Bullet, the Anti-Cancer Cocktail: A New Approach to Beating Cancer – Raymond Chang
Getting Well Again – O. Carl Simonton
A little bit about me: I am 51. I am a doctor. I qualified in 1991 from Oxford University. I was a General Practitioner until I took medical retirement. I am not currently licensed to practise. I am a Husband and a Dad. I live in Bristol UK. I love my God, my wife, my daughters, my family and friends. I love hill walking, cinema, reading science fiction and fantasy, beach life, Doc Martens, cooking. Also Marvel – particularly the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange and Iron Man.
So let’s see! Who knows – anything could happen in the next half hour!