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Turning points


turning points2 years ago today, Chris and I were half way along the 84-mile route of Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England. Some people saw this is a charity walk and a chance to make some money for a good cause. However, it was MUCH MORE than that. Much much more.  

A few months before this trek, I had come to a crossroads and I was unsure which direction to go.  That anguish and a thousand other things were contributing to a degradation of my overall health. I was not that long out of the main treatments for my metastatic Neuroendocrine Cancer and it was still a delicate period as I waited for signs of some stability.

I was getting into some old habits at work (e.g. working long hours) and in hindsight, I can now see that was impacting on my quest for stability. However, at the time, it conveniently aided the image of invincibility which was my way of saying “get lost Cancer”. I was reaching out for something I could call normal and for a long time before diagnosis, me working hard was normal!  I had always loved a bit of stress but not if it was going to help Neuroendocrine Cancer kill me!

And then boom! – a thyroid lesion is reported.  I suddenly realised I had too many balls in the air and I  was no longer the expert juggler I was previously. Some of them had to go. The thyroid lesion (more on that later) was not the turning point but it was definitely one of a number of signs that I was not invincible, my situation was delicate and I needed to be more proactive on finding the normal I was so desperately seeking.  Work was no longer the route I needed to take.  To cut a long story short, I decided to retire early BUT in an effort to maintain personal challenges, I set myself some fitness targets which lead to the Hadrian’s Wall walk over 6 days.  I actually set up this blog to document the walk and that was the only reason at the time.  Chris walked every painful step with me ♥

2 years on, Lanreotide injection 73 is due, my thyroid lesion is not causing any issues, I have much less stress in my life and I’m fitter and leaner than I was at diagnosis. I found the normal and I like it!

My Hadrian’s Wall blog was an acorn which has now grown into a nice little Oak tree and I’m truly thankful to everyone for their fantastic support.  There’s still plenty tree left to grow!

Thanks for listening

Ronny Allan

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8 Comments

  1. Gaynor Miles says:

    All I can say Ronny is ditto to everyone’s messages to you. You inspire us all. Thankyou

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  2. Ed says:

    Ronnie, I woke up and this is the first thing I read. THANK YOU 😀 I needed something positive just now!!! 🙂 For me, getting up and down the hill on my property is an effort but I am going to renew my goal to get up and down the hill 2 times. 🙂 Thanks for inspiring me this morning. 🙂 To be honest, I had given up on that.

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  3. Dorothy Knight says:

    Love your stories and reports. So much information for all us Nets people. Thank you Ronny keep walking and talking to us👏👏

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  4. nellyinroom says:

    “Still plenty of growth left to go” – love it. Go well, grow well.

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  5. Starting your blog to document your walk has helped and continues to help so many of us. Your are a real inspiration and support😃👍and long may it continue, keep walking😉🚶🏻

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  6. Love your blog, Ronny! You are inspiring to your fellow NET patients!

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  7. jim sykes says:

    Ronny, I read ever word and hope I could handle things as well as you have with the support of your lovely wife Chris. Thinking of you always Jim.

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