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12/52 "He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog..."

"... You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." (Unknown)

I've been away half this week, as I had 2 hospital appointments to attend... They went well and my "medical team" seem pleased with my progress with regards to trying different foods and speaking (though I was told off for losing weight!! I'm within the appropriate range for my height and age but I've lost quite a bit already and they want to get my weight stable before removing my stomach feeding tube). I saw my consultant as well, he checked my mouth and neck and said everything looks fine (yay! - don't want any lumps or bumps!!)... He also suggested it might be a good idea to get my story printed by a magazine or newspaper - to help raise awareness of oral cancer in younger people. Eek, I wouldn't know where to start with getting that done though I guess it might be useful thing to do!! I shall have to have a think...

 

Got back Thursday evening and was very tired yesterday... I've been told that tiredness after radiotherapy can last up to about a year - especially in "young people" who tend to be affected worse than older patients. However, after a quiet day resting on Friday, I managed to get out for a nice walk with Barney today. While I shouldn't be doing too much (work is out the question atm), it's so important people recovering from cancer get exercise, so having an active border collie is perfect therapy. Seeing him enjoy himself, playing in the river, running about in the fresh green grass and spring flowers made me completely forget that I was still pretty sleepy and just enjoy being outside for a couple of hours :) This was the last shot of the day, I liked that raised paw as he intently watched a dog and it's owner walk along the opposite bank of the river...

 

I've said it before but I don't know what I'd do without Barney at my side over the past months. The very 1st thing to get me out the hospital doors after my operation was a visit from Barn. I was allowed out in a wheelchair (after being bundled in blankets) a few days post-op - I still had a tracheostomy tube to breathe through at that point - just to go cuddle my puppy. He kept me distracted whilst waiting for radiotherapy to start and was absolute star during that 2nd stage of treatment. While I was in pain from radiotherapy and needing to be in bed, resting for up to 18 or 20 hours a day, Barney would quietly keep me company hour after hour. He didn't pester for walks, or ask for attention. He just curled up next to me all day long... for an active dog, that is no small thing! Now I'm recovering, Barney seems to know that too. He will smack me in the face or on the shoulder if I'm in bed "too long", merrily pulling me out for long walks and photography sessions in the sunshine every day I can manage. The pure joy on his face when we play together in the fields is enough to ensure I am now getting out most days :) Good boy, Barney!

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Taken on March 24, 2012