Day 2: Birthday

Today is my 39th birthday and despite all the problems I’ve had over the last four years, there are still reasons to be optimistic.

Birthday cake

March 2nd this year was my 39th birthday and although the weather was bad, the food and presents were pretty good.

Some worry about getting older, but I’m in the unusual place of trying to savour every single day, due to my health issues.

February this year was tough for various reasons, so I was glad to see the end of it.

Some regard the age of 40 as something to get depressed about, but if I can survive the next 365 days it will be a cause for celebration.

The average outlook for my type of brain cancer (a grade 3 oligodendroglioma astrocytoma) is not good.

Cancer Research UK say:

“For grade 3 oligodendroglioma 30 to 38 people in 100 (30 to 38%) will survive for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.”

But I’m weirdly optimistic.

I’ll just keep living every single day as best I can, for as long as I can.


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