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Bacteria, Tikka, Strictly

MJN
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MJN
04 Oct 2014

Today some of the wonders of the universe have been revealed. 

Professor Brian Cox on the radio this morning did his usual thing of staggering me with his wisdom whilst also making me wonder if he's simply saying some big numbers. For example, we can see stars from the Andromeda galaxy that emitted the light we see today 25 million light years ago. And that's fine but I distinctly remember Spotty from Superted engaging in intergalactic battles with Texas Pete in the Andromeda galaxy just 25 years ago. So who's right? I'm going with Cox. Spotty always struck me as a chump.

Also staggering is how they can take a bit of my blood, grow some bacteria from it and work out exactly what it was that made me so damn hot (temperature, not chiseled good looks) and then treat me with the right drugs. I know Flemming and Pasteur were doing similar things one hundred years ago but it's still incredible. It's from chaps like these and the likes of Marie Curie that the genius of modern medicine stems. To slate the NHS is the easiest thing in the world for some folks but I can only praise the care I've been given and wonder in awe at the dedication of the Professors and Consultants and Doctors and Nurses who use funds from LLR to pioneer ever more effective treatments. I've had every chemo in the Hodgkin book and they found one that worked at last. I've had none-invasive Stem Cell treatment and I'm about to have a donor transplant from a 19 year old selfless enough to register with the Anthony Nolan Trust. By the end of things I'll have probably racked up a bill of at least £750k and at no stage have I been asked for a penny. Bar my taxes. And that's just as awesome as Brian Cox's big telescope, don't you think?

So to this evening..... a heady combination of Strictly, chicken tikka (in name only) and a Marks n Sparks Eccles cake. It doesn't get much better that that. My observation for today is that the dancer who goes by the name of Trent, possibly from Nottingham, bears more than a passing likeness to Jon Heder in Blades of Glory. Just wait till he breaks out the spangles. Photo evidence to follow. 

Here endeth today's lesson. Please take from it the following points:

1) Brian Cox may be pulling off the greatest fraud of all time. Where's his evidence?

2) Andromeda is a real place. Or is it....?

3) Chicken in an orange sauce doth not a tikka make. Type 5 Bristol Stool Chart (see Friday's blog for reference)

4) For the love of all things good get everyone you know to sign up to the Anthony Nolan Trust. It's painless and can     genuinely save a life. 

If you've recently been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and have yet to receive treatment you could be eligible to take part in a new clincial trial. Read more here.

Comments

Anonymous
04.10.2014

Thinking of you Mark. All the best for your treatment.

Anonymous
05.10.2014

Love this Mark ! Keep up the good work x

Anonymous
05.10.2014

Hi mark
Find your blog fascinating. Learnt a lot. Never thought I would be fascinated by the Bristol stool chart !! Pages and pages of questions and explanations on Bristol hospital website. Can't wait for tomorrow's exciting episode. Have u copied your blog to the catering team or hospital management. I am sure your blog will stir them into action.

06.10.2014

Great blog Mark!

I think it's fantastic that you're helping to spread awareness of blood cancer and what it's like to have a stem cell transplant whilst undergoing treatment. Good on you!

The level of understanding and the sophistication of treatments now available to doctors is remarkable and having spoken to several of the researchers about current projects they're working on, the potential for the future is absolutely incredble and very, very exciting indeed.

Good luck with your treatment and keep spreading the word. Together we will beat blood cancer.