Thursday 14 July 2016

Recent sponsored walk along the Bridgwater to Taunton canal to raise money for the Somerset           
                                                    Bowel Cancer Support Group

A sponsored walk, to raise funds for the Somerset Bowel Cancer Support Group,  was organised by Marion Maddison, a patient of Musgrove Park Hospital, on Saturday 21st May 2016. She was ably assisted by her colleagues and friends from Quantock Medical Centre, Nether Stowey, and several colleagues from Yeovil Hospital including Matt Sephton (Medical Oncologist), Matt Woolgar (Paramedic) and Beth Phillips (Sister, Oncology Department).

These intrepid walkers raised £1320 with the aim of assisting in the purchase of a piece of equipment known as a the Surgical Air Seal machine, to assist in complex rectal surgery, which is now on order thanks to the generosity of this group and many others who have raised funds to assist the Somerset Bowel Cancer Support Group. 

Excusing the pun, we can only thank you from the "bottom" of our hearts for your time, efforts and generosity. Thank you so much, each and every one of you.

Wednesday 13 July 2016

Blog to watch

We have been alerted to a blog that may resonate with some of you, particular the male members amongst you. Meandmycolon is a blog written by a local man detailing his experiences of being diagnosed with bowel cancer and his subsequent treatment; and what a read it is. This blog does not shy away from those vital aspects of life that are important to us all. It is a powerful and evocative blog written with first hand experience, a great sense of humour and amazing style. We do applaud the author for his openness and great gift for sharing. Do have a read if you can. There is no more powerful a story than one written by those with first hand experience. At a time when it can feel as though you are the only one, and are too uncertain to talk to others, something like this may help to know you are not alone and are experiencing similar. You are all different and, of course, there may be similarities with your experience, maybe not, but we applaud the willingness to share. Thank you meandmycolon author.


Please accept our sincere apologies for the gap in blogging; we have had what we believe to be are called "technical difficulties" with a capital T. Never fear however, we are back and will resume full speed blogging hereonin. So please watch this space for up dates over the coming days and weeks. Thank you for your patience during the blip.