With my three to six-month prognosis, I wanted to do anything I could to live as long as possible. I wanted more time to be with the ones I loved, I wanted to see my grandchildren grow.
It’s obvious that the medical profession looks at their side of things, such as the latest drugs, but they’re not really looking at the holistic approach, the benefits of changing diet, taking regular exercise and the sort of things encouraged by Penny Brohn.
My message is live life as if every day is your last and look forward to every day. To others in a similar situation, I say, come to Penny Brohn because they look at lifestyle, it’s like being surrounded by family and friends, it’s stress reducing and about doing things that make you feel like a whole person, a more rounded person. You come here, have wonderful support, the tranquillity of the grounds, it’s a wonderful place.
Be hopeful, enjoy life and the feeling that you’re being of use to people, rather than a drag. I’m back working, mainly as a bookkeeper for my daughter. This gives me reason to get up in the morning, the feeling that I’m helping my daughter and doing something positive that makes me feel good.
I’ve given up being an umpire because I don’t want to be in the sun that long and don’t need the stress of argumentative players.
Keep the body tiptop and you’ve every chance of living well with cancer. I thank my lucky stars that I was able to come and benefit from Penny Brohn’s services.