For those outside of the UK, you may be surprised to know it can take 2-4 weeks from death to funeral, but that is what it can take and in our case the funeral was 2 weeks and 1 day after Jo's death. The day came and I had been told that it would be… Continue reading What a send off!!
As many of you may have seen through my twitter feed, I just wanted to confirm that my gorgeous wife Joanne Hewitt was taken from me on Wednesday 23rd January. She died peacefully and surrounded by family, but at 43 this was way too soon and I am truly heartbroken. Thank you all so much… Continue reading Joanne Hewitt – 1975 – 2019
When we knew Jo's diagnosis was incurable, we discussed the topic of where Jo would prefer to die. It's a tough topic but one we knew we would have to discuss and also be pragmatic about. There were elements we could control, but we also knew there might be issues that we couldn't foresee and… Continue reading End of life care at home
When I left you last we had just returned from Rome and were heading into what turned out to be a lovely, if busy Christmas, with lots of family down and a lot of fun was had by us all. As usual Jo was doing too much, but she wouldn't have had it any other… Continue reading Devastating news!!
When we left you last week, we were about to head to the Royal Marsden (Thursday 13th) to discuss trials and I was undecided about whether we were going to go to Rome or not, a lot has happened since then. So we went to the Royal Marsden, hoping to get Jo into a trial,… Continue reading Marsden, Rome, Drones and Christmas Greetings
So when we left you last week, we were just about to head out to a hotel for a Christmas dinner and dance with 24 great friends for a night of eating, drinking, dancing and making merry, which we were really looking forward to. While from a medical perspective Jo's oncologist and the Royal Marsden… Continue reading Parties and pleural effusion’s
Following on from Jo's incurable diagnosis, we have been waiting for some contact from the Royal Marsden on whether Jo is suitable for a new trial. It had been a week and we were yet to hear anything, so impatiently I decided to give the Marsden a call to try and find out how long… Continue reading The Trials
So we have had a week to start getting our head around the diagnosis that Jo's cancer is no longer curable, but it's not been easy.We have had lots of messages of support from all our friends and family, we have also had an amazing amount of support from the Cancer community who follow my… Continue reading Aftermath
So yesterday after a long wait (the appointment was at 8pm) we visited the oncologist for the results of the biopsy and sadly both biopsies came back positive for Cancer, also the lymph nodes behind the breast bone showed signs of further disease. Even worse was to come as the Oncologist uttered the words we… Continue reading Back with a vengeance!!
One thing that all Cancer patients and their partners will feel during their diagnosis, treatment and afterwards is 'Fear', it can't be hidden from and you will need to learn how to deal with it. Fear is the overriding feeling you will have in the run up to diagnosis, much of that is fear of… Continue reading Fear!!