One Year On From Cancer

3 min readJun 20, 2022

How I am doing now I am cancer free.

(Peter de Vink — Pexels)

It was my one year check-up for my operation for cancer last Thursday. Everything went really well. In the back of my mind I became anxious about cancer returning and I guess that is not going to go away any time soon.

One thing I thought would happen almost immediately was taking my health more seriously. It is only these past few months how important I view my health now. You would have thought that having several existing auto-immune conditions would make you take it more seriously but I guess I took it for granted in a way. You assume cancer happens to other people and when it happens to you boy does it change how you view your own life.

I’m back in the gym working out consistently and getting my strength back up to where it was pre-covid and pre-cancer. I’ve slowly changed some habits but not all. It’s still a work in progress and I do remind myself weekly that the biggest wealth really is health.

Three months after the operation and the menopause kicked in. Hot flashes, emotional outbursts, crying daily mixed with daily anxiety and not wanting to get out of bed was hard. I coped by talking to others who were going through the menopause.

In March I took a short break abroad to Spain to take time out for myself, indulge a little and work out what is important…




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