Posted by: purpleandrew | July 7, 2010

Eyes opened at the Beatson

Leslie and I went to the Beatson today for her pre-chemo blood tests.

We had to wait a while while many others had the same thing done and also waited to see their consultants.

If you want to see the richness of human life and how people just like you and me face up to that bloody C word, take a walk down to the Beatson. It is all there. People with friends with little hair, family sitting there with hope in their eyes, yet a tear waits nervously in the corner of their eyes if the news isn’t good.

It may mean more treatment and that may mean more sickness, more vomiting, more diahorea, more heartache, more sleepless nights………

Leslie and I have all this to face, and we do so knowing that Leslie may sail through this like crossing a mill pond on a sunny Sunday at the park, or we may be like so many others and have storms, thunder and lightening thrown at us.

We walk into this unknown with heads held high, but armed with a few boxes of tissues, just in case.

If you want to know about the richness of human life and human strength of character, take a walk down to the Beatson. In the waiting room we sat in there was the full spectrum of humanity. Many of us joked about the apparent hotch potch way of calling people through, we laughed at each other and with each other with some kind of unspoken mutual understanding “yeah, i’ve got it too, but guess what it ain’t gonna win, I AM!!”  

When a young couple walked down the corridor carrying a carrytot with a baby who couldnt be more than 6 months old, I couldn’t look at Leslie. I just sat there like the rest of us wondering just what and why and how.  If our eyes had met, i would have had to go for a walk, I wouldn’t have been able to hold it back. I am struggling now as I write this through bleary wet eyes.

Cancer has no respect for life, it has no judgement on who should get it, who should escape it. It doesnt care how good you are, how much money you make if you are a criminal or have an MBE, it makes no distinction. Just like winning millions on the lottery, cancer does not means test its victims.

If it is you, it is you. You are chosen.

So, if like me you want to kick the big C into touch, then support Macmillan and give as much as you can. Because like it or not, 1 in 4 of us will be effected by cancer at some point in our lives. It is time to make that none in several billion.

Please, visit my justgiving page and donate what you can, and maybe you won’t have to sit and wonder how many more mums and dads have to carry their babies in to the Beatson.

Thanks

Andrew, of the purple hair……..

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Responses

  1. A lesson to us all ! One thing is for sure though, if anybody can help Leslie kick the hell out of the big C Andrew, it’s you ! Take care. Love to both of you
    xxx mags


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