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February 2019 – Paul Claridge

What a wonderful surprise to be named as the Emotional Wellbeing Champion for February.

In 2017 things were looking good for me. I was losing weight and feeling good. Then at the end of August things started to change.

I ignored the initial symptoms. I assumed that a healthier lifestyle was the cause of my rapid weight loss and change in bowel habits. Only after months of badgering from a few close friends did I finally give in a see my doctor. That was in March 2018. Yes it did take me that long. Although I had already worked out in my own mind what the problem was I still convinced myself it was something else.. haemorrhoids etc.

Wrong, it was bowel cancer. Of course the diagnosis scared me but through employing a positive mental attitude with humour, along of course with the excellent medical teams, I’m beating it.

Sharing my story has been cathartic. Talking privately with close friends has been an even bigger help, especially when depression kicks in and from that, although I’ve always encouraged people to talk to me privately if they have problems I’m now actively encouraging it through my social media updates and by privately messaging people who I think may have issues. Since my diagnosis and going public with my story a number of friends have contacted me for a chat and asked for help and advice in regards to whatever their problem is. Oh and most of them aren’t cancer related.

As for me, I’m beating my cancer. The tumour is gone, yes I have to live with an ileostomy for a while but that’s a small price to pay. Chemo is kicking my butt and making me feel like crap but that will end in a few months then it’s onwards and upwards.

The lesson is that any problem can be solved, a serious illness isn’t always the end. Treat it as a new adventure… and talk.

Oh and if you have a few spare pennies please consider a donation to Dimbleby Cancer Care as charity helping cancer patients through treatment, recovery and beyond.

My favourite charity
January 2019 – Dave Rochelle

What a lovely surprise and great honour it was to hear that I’ve been named champion of the month for

I’m even prouder to be the first to get the award and if talking about my journey can help even one person do a bit better on their’s then all that I went through will have been worthwhile.

I was unlucky enough to lose a leg to diabetes but you don’t have to if you look for the signs, go for the checks and do your best to combat this plague on our modern times.

Its attacking our young and old alike and knows no barriers or boundaries so we have to fight it with everything we have. To avoid it in the first place and do minimise its effects if we’ve left it too late.  As the programmes go on I’ll be sharing my personal experience and thoughts on coping mechanisms along with good sound advice from guest medical professionals. So do join me right here on for a bit of a chat. We may have an illness but we don’t have to be ill.

Learning to walk again with a leg missing is a daunting prospect. But it can be done once you’ve worked out the basics, and never forget: tiny steps can cover the same distance as giant strides. It just takes a little longer. And my goodness its satisfying.

This is Dave R looking forward to speaking with you here on soon.