well this thread can now be closed.
Reached the 5 year remission mark and got the all clear this week, no longer in remission and now officially cured of cancer.
Still suffering many side effects:
- 24/7 pins and needles in my feet/toes (serious nerve damage in my feet/toes) & twitchy feet (can't keep them still - wearing shoes helps)
- permanent lethargy - I push through it and go to bed early
- regular cramping (magnesium tablets help reduce the severity and number of episodes)
- compromised immune system - hence why i ride - can't be cured but can be managed by avoidance
- occasionally lose all feeling in my fingers in cold weather (not so serious nerve damage in my fingers)
- suspected heart/ lung damage (going for scans next week to ascertain the extent)
However I'm still alive to experience all these side effects.
I saw many people that just gave up and walked away mid-treatment never to be seen/ heard from again. Also saw several people get told, there was nothing that could be done and to go home and enjoy what time they had left with their families.
I've never questioned "why me....?", however I've often wondered "why did I survive..why am I different to others...?" as told many times by various doctors and nurses: "from the prolonged fitness I built up and maintained over many years of....you guessed it....cycling
" This after being told I'd never make my 30th birthday (first bout of cancer) and then being told I'd never make my 35th birthday (2nd bout of cancer)....now I'm thinking of my 40th birthday this year.
soooooo I can categorically say: "cycling saved my life....."