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The View From Two Years Ago

Dan
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Dan
21 Apr 2018

Two years ago things were different. We were living in hospital and got some important news.

The view from St George's
The view from St George's

I spent a long time looking at the view across London from the room we lived in for 3 months at St George’s Hospital Tooting.

April 13th 2016

The results of Ed’s initial treatment were due in a week and we waited nervously. Not just because of the cancer but also because we were trying to avoid surgery to treat a side effect. Lots of consultants with different opinions. A good result would give us more options.

Our main consultant paid us a visit. I was frustrated with these conversations. Until we got the results no one could decide anything. Then she surprised us. They had fast tracked them. Ed was in full remission, he’d avoid the stronger course of chemotherapy and in turn this gave us a better chance of avoiding the surgery. It sunk in how important that was.

We had and amazing Senior Nurse called Bev. Everyone that this shit happens to needs a Bev. The doctors are amazing, the science is amazing but Bev goes down into the trenches with you. There’s no way we’d be where we are without her and the team she inspired. Support the NHS.

Straight after our consultant left Bev arranged for someone to sit with Ed for half an hour and sent me and Harriet out to get a coffee. We sat on the Tooting pavement and tried to make sense of it all, then we gave up and just drank coffee.

As we walked back into the hospital grounds I looked up at the 3rd floor window where Ed was. Reminding myself not to forget the view from the outside.

Originally posted on our blog about our journey with ALL: https://edwardthegreatblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/the-view-from-two-ye...

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Comments

24.04.2018

Dan thank you so much for sharing this blog on here. I can only imagine how overwhelming that all must have been for you all. It's really good to hear that Ed had what sounds like such a wonderfully supportive senior nurse. I really hope Ed is doing well and wish him all the very best. Alice