Day 3: Wanderings

Walking has been a big part of my life since 2008 and it has served me well during my cancer years.

Walking has been a big part of my life since 2008 and it has served me well during my cancer years.

On average, I walk about 2 miles per day outside in the fresh air on various random routes and today I walked

Not only is it good to get out of the house and get some fresh oxygen into your lungs, but it is also an opportunity to listen to podcasts, music or chat with friends on the phone.

I also have some apps which monitor things like distance, time and calories burned, so it is also an opportunity to monitor my health.

But the real thing about walking is the sense of being ‘out there’ and not knowing exactly what you will come across: a nice dog, a strange hedge or some daffodils arranged in the shape of a heart (which I did actually see!).

Heart of daffodils 03.03.16

As Swiss writer Robert Walser once wrote:

“With the utmost love and attention the man who walks must study and observe every smallest living thing, be it a child, a dog, a fly, a butterfly, a sparrow, a worm, a flower…” – Robert Walser, The Walk (Serpent’s Tail, 2013)


JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

Picks:

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.

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.


Picks

The 39 Posts: Day 1

Today marked the first day of my fundraising campaign for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

Today marked the first day of my fundraising campaign for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

Here are some thoughts and observations of Day 1:

  1. Things don’t often go as planned.
  2. My weight this morning was 209.2 lbs
  3. I visited the offices of The Brain Tumour Charity for the first time.
  4. My local surgery called me about an important form.
  5. I walked 3.8 miles (5.8 km)
  6. This post would’ve have been longer if life stuff hadn’t got in the way!

 

The Twilight Walk 2015

Last year I decided to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity, who held a sponsored walk in Windsor.

In 2012 my life changed after I was diagnosed with a serious form of brain cancer, so last year I decided to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity, who held a sponsored walk in Windsor.

Five hundred walkers (including patients like myself) and volunteers came together on a rainy October evening for The Twilight Walk and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had since getting diagnosed.

Thanks to the generosity of donors I managed to raise £721.98, plus it was great to know it was part of a wider pool of around £67,000 that went to fund vital research into treatments.

That is why on September 20th I am walking 6 miles again.

To find out more about the charity and my story, please go to my JustGiving page where you can easily donate:

Click here: http://www.justgiving.com/ambroseheron

> The Brain Tumour Charity on last year’s walk
> The Twilight Walk 2014 on WCGW