[DWJ] Diana's health

Eleanor Joslin eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk
Sat May 15 17:54:46 EDT 2010

Thank you for passing on this awful news, Minnow. I've just come home  
from singing in a concert of mostly rather gloomy music, which now  
feels very appropriate. I wish Diana all the best, as far as that's  
possible, and I'm glad she's at least feeling better.


On 15 May 2010, at 12:47, Minnow <minnow at belfry.org.uk> wrote:

> Diana has authorised me to pass on to the list what she was told on  
> Wednesday
> As you all know by now she developed a secondary cancer from her  
> original tumour seven years ago.  Last year she had an operation to  
> remove that, which had settled in her lung and was causing her great  
> pain; this year she has been undergoing courses of chemotherapy for  
> further secondaries that started to appear late last year after that  
> one had been removed.
> This chemotherapy has had no apparent effect on the cancers, and has  
> not prevented more from occuring, and she and her husband have now  
> decided, after discussion with a senior oncologist at the Bristol  
> Royal Infirmary and a consultation at the Royal Marsden, to  
> discontinue treatment.
> The senior person in Bristol has opined that this means she has  
> months rather than years of life left to her.  Diana is determined  
> that she can prove this opinion wrong.
> As a result of ceasing the chemo a couple of weeks ago she already  
> feels a lot less ill, and is regaining her sense of smell and of  
> taste.  She is working on a book (about half-way through, she says)  
> and has another lined up waiting when she finishes this one.
> Personally I am hoping that she may yet outlive me!
> All crossed fingers and so on would be very acceptable, says Diana.
> Minnow
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