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Stop-press: clear chest and MRI scans – 18 months #cancerfree


Shoes fit for Lame Lady

Shoes fit for Lame Lady

An update on my health for my loyal followers.

On the morning of the book launch, I went and had my quarterly chest x-ray and annual MRI on the remains of the leg. Then I promptly forgot about it – I feel so well – until yesterday.

The author!

The author!

Monday was D-Day – doctors’ day – as I also went to see Prof Cathy Speed, whom I had consulted over my frozen shoulder/torn ligament. She had also done MRIs and found my broken hip (other leg) is necrotising and has arthritis as expected, and that this, in combination with new ungainly walk as a result of having no calf, has been contributing to my back ache and leg pain.

So what to do about it all is the question I ask her. We agree to leave the shoulder for now as I can still do most things – swim, scuba dive and ski – even though yoga is a stretch (haha). The alternative is to inject the shoulder to expand the capsule, which may or may not help. I’ve rather and enough jabs so am minded to see what happens over the next 6 months.

On the hip, she is suggesting injecting it with a viscous mixture to provide a kind of cushion which will lessen the pain until I need a replacement. This can be done every six months if necessary and there is little risk, even though she adds a tiny amount of steroid.

I am minded to do this as the pain can be excruciating and prevents me from walking and being active.

with beloved Pickle who is off to pastures new while we renovate the house

with beloved Pickle who is off to pastures new while we renovate the house

In the afternoon, off to see my other Prof, Meirion Thomas. He remains delighted with the strength in my left leg, but agrees that my walking – as in limp – should be better and attributes it to the hip. So now I really am the Lame Lady. Celebrate by buying TWO pairs of Geox shoes for the pedally challenged!

On a more positive note please check on the Daily Mail – sorry! – on Thursday as the book will feature in a related way…

with half-sister Bonnie - read our story in the Mail on Thursday

with half-sister Bonnie – read our story in the Mail on Thursday

Author: vickyunwin

I am a writer and traveller. Our darling daughter Louise died on 2 March 2011, aged 21 ( and I started writing as therapy. We never know how long we have on this earth, so I live for every November 2013 I was diagnosed and operated on for a malignant soft tissue sarcoma in the calf, followed by 6.5 weeks of radiotherapy, so am embarking on a different kind of journey which you can follow here. I also have another site with my blueprint for health and well-being.

5 thoughts on “Stop-press: clear chest and MRI scans – 18 months #cancerfree

  1. Reblogged this on healthy living with cancer and commented:

    Another shared blog, this time a health update on 18 months free from secondaries or recurrence…I will keep the faith with my new regime!

  2. Hi Vicky,

    Good to catch up on your mixed news but all still sounds positive with the cancer having abated. Please send through the link to the Mail piece – just in case we forget to look that day – and no doubt you will be tweeting it!

    Hope the pain subsides soon and they can help you find something to ease it so that you can continue with the myriad of things you enjoy doing!

    As ever


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