Damn, what an opportunity missed. Through the power of social media my blog broke through the thousand reads in a day mark, not just broke through but smashed it with over 1600 people visiting the site in a 24 hour period. I’d like to think they were all there to find out about bowel cancer, but of course they weren’t. That’s the opportunity missed, early detection saves lives. This is particularly relevant following the recent report from Cancer research UK, showing that rates among men have soared by more than a quarter in the last 35 years, while women have experienced a rise of only 6%. That’s pretty alarming isn’t it, especially if you’re a man. I often think that Bowel Cancer is the poor relation when it comes to discussion, sympathy, charity pretty much everything really. Thankfully the stigma of breast cancer has been reduced dramatically in recent years, it’s almost trendy for women to talk about it. To a lesser extent the same applies to prostate cancer. Twenty years ago few men would even know where their prostate gland was, never mind recognise the symptoms of any disease. But we’re reluctant to talk about poo ! Hardly surprising really is it.
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month, with the aim to raise awareness of the disease, the symptoms to looks for, how you can minimise your chances of getting bowel cancer, and the support available for patients and their families. Bowel cancer is among the most easily treatable if found early enough, yet among the most devastating if not. By the end of this month I will have undergone major surgery for the fourth time within a year. Five weeks of radiotherapy, the unwelcome side effects from which I’m now having to deal with. Almost 6 months of chemotherapy, with more planned for the future. On two occasions I’ve been close to not making it through treatment. I don’t have the choice as to whether I think of poo or not, it’s always there to remind me in a bag attached to my belly. Now if I could get a tiny percentage of those 1600 or so Glastonbury festival goers who read my blog to understand the early signs of bowel cancer, I might, just, prevent some of them going through the same as I am. That would be more than enough satisfaction for me. So in the hope that some of you have come back, you can find all the information and help you may need here. http://www.beatingbowelcancer.org/ There is also information as to how you how you help raise awareness, please take a look and see if there is anything you can do. http://www.beatingbowelcancer.org/bowelmovement
The balance of my Glastonbury ticket price is paid. It’s all systems go ! Not without the predictable panic over something or other. Each time I forget just how dreadful this period is. It wouldn’t be Glastonbury without the worry that something surrounding the ticketing process might go wrong. Firstly there is the nervefest as to whether you’ll get a ticket in the first place. Tickets can be secured with the payment of a deposit in October when they first go on sale. The 125 000 or so tickets sold out within an hour and a quarter. I can’t describe to you the feeling during that period as you try to secure your ticket, especially when you only manage to do so just as the ‘sold out’ notice is circulated. The period between October and April is relatively calm, but then it starts all over again. I paid my balance online, no problem. Just the wait for the confirmation email. Supposed to be delivered within 24 hours. Those 24 hours passed – nothing ! Not going to panic yet. 36 hours- still nothing, what the hell is going on. Check bank account, the money has been taken, phew. But still no email. 48 hours – still nothing. Checking email every ten minutes or so.72 hours, still nothing, what the hell is going on. Check ticket website.”If you haven’t received confirmation email within 48 hours contact ticket help desk”. Oh my god, something’s gone wrong, I’ve got to sort this out before the window closes, and my ticket goes up for re-sale. Now I’m really panicking. Ping ! Check spam folder. Big sigh of relief, there it is,
You have booked to attend GLASTONBURY 2013 at Worthy Farm, Pilton-Somerset on 28-30 June 2013
You have ordered the following tickets……….
OMG it looks beautiful. I forward it to my second email address just in case it gets accidentally deleted. I forward a copy to Lew, just in case in case. How dare they treat this as spam? I quickly mark as ‘NOT SPAM’, transfer it to my Glasto folder, then check it again…and again. Oh how I hate this time of the year, now all I’ve got to worry about is delivery of tickets. Are they using DX couriers again? When will delivery start? I’ll be checking ticket tracker weekly until, May, then daily after that. Once they’ve been marked as “Dispatched” I’ll start taking valium. Stop sleeping and stop going out just so I don’t miss that knock at the door. And stop telling me there’s nothing to worry about. Cancer is a doddle compared to this.