About Me

A little about me, I’m a Brit who has lived both sides of the pond. I’ve worked most of my life in the construction industry both in the UK & Canada. Since my twenties, I’ve been fighting various health issues but I’ve just dealt with them as they came along with the guidance of the medical profession. I’ve not been a person to sit back and wait for things to happen, that’s just not me. In 2009, my husband & I moved to Canada for a slower pace of life., however we have returned to the UK at the end of May 2015.

In 2010, I had developed some back pain and it became more clear whilst working on a construction site in Canada. To cut the story short I had 2 spine operations that failed and had a 3rd in July 2013 after being diagnosed and treated with carcinoid cancer. In Mar 2013, I was rushed to hospital for stomach pain only to be diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumours on my midgut following a bowel resection operation. In the months to follow, I commenced treatment for carcinoid syndrome and was diagnosed with liver metastases. In Jan 2014, I had a liver resection operation and gallbladder removal. In May 2014,  I had emergency surgery on my appendix where cancer was located again and confirmed on the pathology report  In July 2014, my oncologist told me I had 1-3 years to live as my cancer is progressing quicker than predicted. In the meantime, I’m on various medication and a monthly injection to control things. This is a rare incurable cancer and survival is down to monitoring, medication and a positive mind.

In April 2015, I had my 4th spine surgery on my lumbar spine and we don’t know if there is a connection between the spine problems and carcinoid cancer that is causing my ongoing spine problems.

Its now springtime, March 2016, and I have more progression of cancer in my liver and stomach area, onwards and upwards.

Its May 2017, I’ve been told again I have progression in peritoneal and liver areas. Read weekly blog no 100 for latest info.

The reason for my blog is that I don’t have the energy I once had and with my carcinoid cancer/symptoms. My life can be very restricted at times. I want to attempt a weekly blog, whether it be baking a cake or writing about something I believe to be interesting. 

If my blog motivates people, makes people smile, gives you something to read or offers you some additional knowledge/tips. I’ve achieved what I set out to do.

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10 thoughts on “About Me

  1. PT says:

    Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
    List 11 random facts about yourself.
    Answer the 11 questions given to you.
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  2. Horsham Photographer says:

    Hi Kat, thanks for dropping by to my Horsham Photography site. I did wonder how you came by it until you mentioned you lived in Rushams Road. If you know the number I’ll post a photo in the next few weeks. Interesting to read that you work in construction; that has got to be worth a post on your site.

    Best wishes to you.

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    • I actually lived in Conway House, which has been divided into 3 dwellings. You wont see the property because its hidden behind a stone wall. I am led to believe that Conway House was an old school. Yes I will do a blog on some of the buildings that I have worked on. 🙂 Keep up the photos as I love them.

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  3. Deb says:

    I am so glad you visited my blog and gave me a way to meet you. I am following right back. Looking forward to read more about you as you tackle the world pleasures and challenges.

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  4. Hello Kat! I’m glad you found my blog, Following Augustine, and decided to follow. Otherwise, I might never have “met” you. As you no doubt have figured out already, I’m also a neuroendocrine cancer patient. I was diagnosed in the fall of 2013, but looking back at earlier symptoms, it’s easy to see that I’d already had it for quite awhile by then. I look forward to hearing more of your story and sharing mine with you. Like you, I write about lots of other things too, but it is nice to connect with fellow zebras through the blog!

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    • Thank you for accepting my follow request. I shall look forward to reading your blog. It’s a shame we connect through a disease but how else we would meet. Lol I was diagnosed following emergency surgery in Mar 2013 but I do feel I had it 9 – 10 yrs prior due symptoms. I do enjoy blogging and try provide a variety topics. Enjoy. 😄

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