Well it’s been quite a while! Where do I begin? I suppose with where I left off nearly two years ago. I was given the all clear after 20 weeks of chemotherapy ( protocol Folfox 4 ) which followed six weeks of combined radiotherapy and chemo for 5 days a week up in Antalya, What with the driving and the side effects it wasn’t a pleasant time.
That brings us to January 2015 when I had an operation to reverse my colostomy and six months of recovery and every reason to be optimistic.
Then, in June the doctors found that the cancer had come back. This time it’s in my liver. For an active, fit, teetotal, non-smoker, to say I was shocked and dismayed is an understatement. The current position is that my condition is inoperable and I need chemotherapy every two weeks to manage the cancer. Luckily, I can get this treatment here in Fethiye under the exceptional Dr. Ugur and I have had 20 treatments to date and I’m still standing! Gina has been brilliant. loving, thoughtful, generous with her care and ever present. I will never be able to thank her enough.
Despite the recent setbacks, I’m restarting this blog as I want to get back in touch with you all and pass on my observations on life here in Fethiye. In that way I plan to get motivated to paint a bit more often. For obvious reasons I won’t be posting as frequently.