On 17 December 2014, Louise, my wife, found a lump, it was the day before our son, Rory, was born. We expected the lump to be to do with the pregnancy but 5 weeks later, after some very impressive screening, Louise was having treatment. Formal treatment lasted from January to November and included several operations, Chemo and Radio-therapy…………..there has been continuous therapy ever since with daily pills and monthly injections, which will go on for 10 years as well. However, Louise is really well now.
The Marsden were unbelievable at treating not just the physical symptoms but the mental side as well. There was always support for Louise from nurses who she could phone at any time to discuss concerns. One of the hardest bits was being told that a scheduled chemo session was being put back due to an infection. I could deal with the diagnosis when we were told of the plan, but the changes made it incredibly hard to cope with. Hearing recently about many people’s treatment or diagnosis being delayed because of COVID brings it home how big an impact the lock down has had and the mental strain it will put on those patients – places like the Marsden are vital.
Anyway, Louise and I are looking to raise funds for further research. This is the 5th year since the end of treatment and Louise wanted to give something back to the Marsden for all their support. So she found a charity bike ride that she suggested we do together. I was fine with that until I was told what it was – I had never owned a road bike until January this year and……….now we are about to cycle close to 400km over 4 days with 11,500 metres of climbing in the Alps. We were meant to be doing this on roads raced that the Tour of France uses, finishing at the top of the Alp Du Huez, instead we are off to Switzerland and Italy, could be worse. We are now doing Il Curo D’Italia and not Le Cure de France! To say we are terrified is an understatement but seeing what Louise has gone through, I couldn’t really say no.
The sacrifice has been real…………………… it would have been cheaper and easier to just give money to the Marsden than buy all the cycling kit, I took a turbo trainer to Scotland to train rather than golf clubs, I have been knock off my bike and chipped my collar bone and by far the biggest sacrifice,...….. I haven’t played golf all year to do more training!
So if you are tempted to sponsor me, the link is below