[DWJ] Diana's health
henx19 at gmail.com
Sun May 16 16:25:12 EDT 2010
Add me to the list of fervent well-wishers. . . like too many of you, I'm
sure, I've seen cancer in my family, though luckily not in myself, and I
hope that Diana is comfortable in every way, and if there is anything that I
can do please let me know. Her books have been, among other things, a
comfort and a refuge to me for years, and I hope that to some extent knowing
how much the people on this list care about and hope for her health is
comforting to her.
On Sun, May 16, 2010 at 2:07 PM, Jackie E Stallcup <jstallcup at juno.com>wrote:
> 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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