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The reason for my blog is that Colin had Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma (secondary kidney cancer). In addition to this, his eldest brother David died in April 2008, 5 weeks after being diagnosed with Laryngeal Cancer and his elder sister Sue was diagnosed with Lobular Breast Cancer in March 2009. All that said, I am still smiling and trying to be up beat about everything because if I wasn’t I don’t think I would cope as well as I have so far. Sadly Colin passed away on 23rd Dec 2009.

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Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Colin's Funeral

The Funeral Service will be at St Paul’s Church, Worcester, on Friday 15th January 2010 at 2pm. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu of flowers if desired, for St Richards Hospice & Kidney Cancer Research c/o AV Band, 41 St Nicholas Street, Worcester. WR1 1UW

Saturday, 26 December 2009


Colin passed away peacefully with family by his side on 23rd December at St Richards Hospice after a short battle with Septicaemia and Pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by Me, Kieran, the rest of our family and everyone who knew him and was instantly liked by virtually everyone who met him and even the Nurses & Doctors said what a nice man and fighter he was and they did everything they possibly could for him.
I will do another update as soon as I know what Colin's funeral arrangements are.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

2nd Update

Colin still has very low white blood cells and platelets. He pulled 2 Canulars out of his arm over the weekend but the nurses managed to get another one in. He now has pneumonia and fluid in one lung and is on oxygen as his oxygen levels are low without it and he is being sedated as he is very anxious and struggling to breath.
He will be moved to St Richards Hospice at some point today.

Friday, 18 December 2009


Colin is in hospital in Worcester and has Septicaemia, Very low white blood cell count (the ones that fight infection) and low platelets (they stop you bleeding), he is being given antibiotics intravenously and hopefully they will do their job. I will update when I have any info but at the moment we are hoping and praying he gets through this, as we all know what a fighter he is.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Medical Assessment Unit

Colin was admitted to MAU (Medical Assessment Unit) yesterday afternoon after I called out our GP because I couldn't get him to get out of bed to go for his radiotherapy, he kept saying his back hurt, but most of what he was saying wasn't making any sense.
They took some blood and it seems he has an infection of some sort. He was dehydrated partly due to not drinking much because of his severe mouth ulcers (side effect from Sutent) so they have put him on a drip and have given him antibiotics. When I saw him early he was making a bit more sense but is still very poorly, hopefully he will improve quickly now they know what is wrong.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Radiotherapy again

Colin went to the QE on Wednesday last week for the planning meeting for his 10 Radiotherapy sessions, which start tomorrow, Fri 11th, then all of next week, Mon, Tues, Wed Christmas week and then the last one on Tue 29th just in time to start Sutent again on 3rd or 4th Jan.

He is suffering from the side effects of Sutent at the moment, the main one being a lot of mouth ulcers, which make eating very difficult so I have been a very good wife and made him home-made soup and a beef stew which I have puréed for him. This made Kieran laugh when I told him it looked like the baby food I used to make for him.