My courageous, yet futile, battle against prostate cancer

19 Responses

  1. Eileen says:

    I have loved reading One Fine Day and feel as if I know old Thomas and Elizabeth . You captured the atmosphere of the area and the times so well. The illustrations just fit in with the narrative, though I may be biased as the illustrator is my nephew Julian. I had already read The Longest Crawl and High Times and I think this is your best yet!. I didn’t want the book to end, which is always a good sign. Good luck with the cancer treatment. Written from my garden in sunny Netherlands.

  2. Bernie Bell says:

    One of those things….

    There’s a howling gale outside ( I live in Orkney). I’m stuck inside having a ‘rest day’ having been v. ill some years ago and still being a bit knackered.
    Reading Euan Mackie’s last book until my head was whirling. Didn’t know what to do with myself. Thought – I haven’t looked at Marchant’s blog for a while. So I did – you’ve been v. ill too, and are now keeping on, keeping on.

    What was a blast from the past was….. Dave Bardsley, then Bob Phelps, then Julian de la Motte Harrison, Martin – I presume is Mart Thompson, and we’re still in touch – then Paul.

    Funny old business. You, or they might never read this.

    I have photos of when Julian played a football match in Lampeter – crowd chanting “Da da – da da da – da da da da – de la Motte Harrison” – and have thought he might like to have them, but have no idea of how to contact him. I’m not on Social Media.

    My my – funny old world.

    If you have any interest in what I’m up to …..

  3. Adam says:

    You hosted a short writing course at the Adventure Travel Film festival with Lois Pryce and provided such an interesting perspective on writing that has helped me greatly over the last few years. I picked up copies of Parallel Lines, Longest Crawl and Hero all of which I re-read during the first lockdown. They provided some much needed distraction and I’ve enjoyed them all greatly. Definitely up there as one of the authors I continue to recommend to people. Not sure how much help blowing smoke your way will be given your current circumstances, but having supported family members through similar experiences, I hope you’re able to enjoy something each day. I wish you all the best and thank you for the stories you’ve shared. Long may they continue

  4. david bardsley says:

    Just listened to open country on Radio 4 and assumed as it wasn’t a repeat that you were out and about again .

  5. Caroline Colson says:

    Love both ‘Parallel Lines’ and ‘Longest Crawl’ and will now read your CT columns too. So sorry to hear you’ve been ill. Please keep us updated. Very best wishes to you and yours.

  6. Bob Phelps says:

    Thank you Ian for sharing your terrible tale and so glad you are making progress and God bless you will see this through. So much looking forward to your book. I must reiterate what Chris Leah said. Chaps get It checked! If you are over 45 in the UK your GP is obliged to give you a PSA test without any rectal examination beforehand. Back in 2009 I had no symptoms. But after talking to a work colleague who had a “well man” test where they found prostate cancer I thought it would be a good idea to have the test. (My dad died with PC although not of it). Test came back with a slightly high score of 6.2 (it can be 100s). Best to have a rectal examination to be on the safe side. Done by a rugby playing doctor with bratwurst sized fingers, result “Mr Phelps, that prostate feels entirely normal to me, but to be on the safe side, bearing in mind that your dad had PC, I will refer you to the Royal Gwent Hospital for a biopsy”. Yes, unpleasant experience, uncomfortable but not painful (I guess my local anaesthetic worked OK) and truly excellent NHS nursing helped an awful lot. Consultation one week later. Entered the room bright eyed and bushy tailed (I had no symptoms and it all felt normal) to be told it was cancerous. a tad seriously so but not too far gone to be cured by surgery. Very soon afterwards had an op at Addenbrookes, Cambridge and so far so good 12 years later. Post op they dissected the gland and the nasties were within an nth of breaking out. The point of all this is to reiterate, chaps get the PSA test, symptoms or no symptoms. Again God bless you Ian, rooting for you as are all your SDUC and many other chums.

  7. Emma Wallace says:

    Ian, to have endured all that and to resume writing again is wonderful.

  8. steeve (a poet) says:

    best wishes
    you are a genius
    looking forward to the new book

  9. John Milsom says:

    Not futile, Ian.

    You are still with us.

  10. Julian O'Halloran says:

    Hey Ian, I am glad to hear that the cancer is now stable and being managed! Whatever you have been going through, and some of it sounds a bit grim, you have been cheerful in public, and always positive! I hope the care and treatment continues well! And good luck with the book! J

  11. Ian Quance says:

    Fate seems to throw us together at strange times Ian. Lampeter in 76 and now this. I too must blog; I seem to put myself under the pressure of imagining that this period of my life enables me to write prophetic and profound pieces. It doesn’t. Looking forward to the book.

  12. Carol Havsrd says:

    Cancer. Its a mount to climb. Reading the article it reminds me of the dedicated NHS staff who made my chemo and radio therapy possible and my family and friends who accepted the new bald me with humour. Life is life and every valuable second, minute, day, week, month, year, decade are a priviludge. Keep writing and slringvwill support your mijo. Xx

  13. Julian de la Motte Harrison says:

    Thank you for this, Ian, a harrowing tale superbly expressed! Take care of yourself… Julian

  14. Martin says:

    Hi Ian
    Thanks for sharing what must have been harrowing. I’m glad you are making strides to feeling better. As a male I worry about this cancer and have had similar test which thankfully have proved negative at this stage. Keep up the fight and look forward to reading more, o and keep up the writing.

  15. Truly remarkable account; have endured much of this. My answer has been to thrash 35 lengths of an indoor pool every morning, diet, limit drink, no sex (for reasons stated in the article) and to convince myself I’m very, very lucky to have reached 79, my father died at 56.
    Good wishes to all fellow “sufferers”.

  16. Chris Leah says:

    I share a lot of this experience except that I’ve been lucky enough to catch it before it spread, so I haven’t had to have chemo. The biopsy certainly is worse than it sounds, ranking amongst the most unpleasant experiences of my life. I don’t think the local anaesthetic was working very well! It’s well worth getting checked chaps. Once you start to plan your day around places to pee then you potentially have a problem.

  17. Dave says:

    I await the next one ian most interesting … being similar age and not in super health myself

  18. Paul says:

    Three cheers for the mojo, Mr M x

  19. Noel says:

    That sounds like an Imperial fucktonne of No Fun! I want to write a Black Flag-esque scream and dirgefest to express my feelings on the matter. Instead I will commit to watching watching remaining episodes of Fun For Some, and to visit again soon xx

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