To all the people who followed us on our trip around Europe, laughed at our antics, envied us and got exasperated with me and my moaning, I have to add one final postscript, which is that I lost my beloved travelling companion, David, to cancer on the 18th November 2012.
We had no idea David was ill, as he had no pain or symptoms other than weight loss, which began in July 2012. It was under investigation and David was sent for various tests and scans.
On the 16th October 2012, David was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer, and we were told he had a life expectancy of around 9 to 12 months. He was tested, and found to be suitable for a new form of chemotherapy/drug treatment being used for stomach cancer after its success in prolonging the length of life, and also improving the quality of life, for those suffering from breast cancer.
David was due to start that treatment on the 21st November 2012 but, sadly, he died on 18th November 2012 after the disease went “viral”. I was with him when he died, as was his adored son, James, who made it home from Australia in time to spend a last afternoon with his beloved Dad. It was peaceful for David, but we are left with a huge hole in our hearts, coupled with a deep joy that we were so lucky to have this wonderful man in our lives.
David will make his final journey on Thursday 29th November 2012. However, he wanted so much to spare other people and families what we all went through in the last four weeks of his life, that James and I have set up a page dedicated to him on the Cancer Research UK website, so that we can help David achieve his wish of doing something towards helping to fund work into finding a cure for this dreadful disease.
Please visit the page at http://donateinmemory.cancerresearchuk.org/0003356 and on Thursday, raise a small glass of something to this inspirational man.