Posted by: purpleandrew | November 29, 2017

Two years remission and counting.

November is always an important month for us because it marks another year of remission for Leslie following her cancer surgery and chemotherapy. This is year 2 of remission and now 7 and a half years since the operation.

The word “Cancer” is a game changing word. I am sure all of us know someone in our family or friends who has had cancer and their story of that encounter will have all of its trials and tribulations. Some outcomes are successful, others, sadly are not.

Leslie and I have never thought of her “encounter with cancer” as anything other than an encounter. Neither of us felt any threat from it and we worked our way through it as best we could from day to day.

There were bad days, that is certain. You could set your watch by when the hit from chemo happened. Three in the afternoon, two days after the chemo. Bang, like being hit by a bus, Leslie was ill. Violently ill, but when you think about it, she was being poisoned, so it was bound to do something to her system. But it was necessary and she bore it amazingly well and bounced back every time.

We were in it together, we didn’t tell many people because we didn’t want their negativity to change our focus on getting better, being well and being around for a long time afterwards.

November, the milestone month, but one that we acknowledge without fuss. It is just a date on the wall, a number. Leslie is far greater than any number and we both know there is a future ahead of us.



  1. If anyone could do it and still keep doing it, there is no doubt about it, her name is Leslie !
    What makes her even more special, is the fact that she is continuing the fight for all those who were, unfortunately, forced to move onto other paths.

  2. November is my key month too. Two years since tumour removed.

  3. Congratulations Leslie! I know the going has not always been easier – you are an inspiration.

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