[DWJ] Diana's health

Jackie E Stallcup jstallcup at juno.com
Sun May 16 16:07:28 EDT 2010

Thank you for letting us know, Minnow and thank Diana for being trusting
and generous enough to share this with us.  I send my fervent wishes for
her being able to feel better and enjoy herself and her family in the
days months and (we can hope) years to come.


On Sat, 15 May 2010 12:47:55 +0100 Minnow <minnow at belfry.org.uk> writes:
> 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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