Friday, 12 February 2010

small steps forward....

I returned home yesterday from another four days working in London to find Steve in good form.  The numbness and tingling in his hands and feet is no worse and maybe, just maybe, it does not feel quite so bad in his left foot....a small glimmer of hope that this may not be a long term side effect of chemotherapy.

Steve has also received a letter from the solicitor advising him that they will take on his case and pursue a claim for compensation on his behalf.  Until now they have been gathering evidence to assess whether there are sufficient grounds to make such a claim.  It's only the start of what is likely to be a long drawn out process, with no guarantee that the claim will succeed.  But at least it's a step in the right direction, and something that others can move forward on our behalf while we get on with our lives.

In just over four weeks time, our son Jack will be running in the Bath Half Marathon to raise funds for cancer research. He has now raised 77% of his target.  Many, many thanks to all those who have sponsored him so far.  You can find details of how to support him via his Just Giving page in the link on the right hand side, under Fundraising.

Early March promises to be a busy time - it will be Steve's birthday on 2 March and we hope to do something special to celebrate; Katie and George will be back in Oxford on 5 March for a friend's 21st birthday; Jack runs his half marathon in Bath on 7 March, and we will be there as the support team. Steve has a follow-up appointment at hospital the following week, when we will find out what Leo has been up to over the last three months. Let's hope he is still in hibernation.

In the meantime, we have a very special meal out to look forward to this weekend, a present from Maralyn a friend from my school days, a prequel to Valentines Day on Sunday.  I finish my hearing sessions in London on Tuesday, and we should be home in time for pancakes that evening to celebrate Steve still being alive and kicking, eight months after diagnosis.  

Happy birthdays this weekend Peter and Paula - hope to see you Monday night!

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