Well, 2020 will certainly be a year to remember.
I'm sure we will all emerge with a whole host of stories to tell about our experiences during the Covid 19 pandemic. Stories of fear, uncertainty and maybe even some of loss and despair but hopefully also of change, transformation, hope and new beginnings.
For us it's been a rollercoaster ride.
Let's go back to the beginning of the year when we discovered Robert has now been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. That in itself was a shock and totally unexpected.
Then as we moved into the early part of 2020, the pandemic hit the UK. It started with a slowing down and an eventual total lockdown for over three months from March 23rd.
Of course, this had a massive effect on all our plans, not only for our businesses and family life but also for proposed treatment plans. Having had a full series of tests and biopsies we now find that everything came to a grinding halt. Suddenly hospitals concentrated on Covid patients and those with life limiting illnesses, everything else was put on pause.
Luckily we had found a leading hospital in London who were going to trial a new radical treatment method for Prostate cancer and we had already applied to be considered for the treatment. It was so strange being called to London during the lockdown to see the consultant. I wasn't even allowed into the hospital and had to wait outside whilst Robert had a series of further MRI scans.
The results came through a few weeks later and were totally unexpected. They were saying that there is absolutely no trace of Prostate Cancer. How can that be when our home town hospital had blood results, scans and tissue biopsies saying otherwise?
The long and short of it is that we still don't know what's going on. London are now saying that they would like to repeat all the tests previously done at home so they can compare results.
So here we are, all scheduled for a further visit to London in two weeks time. Not really knowing what to expect, and eager to hear the results.
Please pray for us that Robert's result will once again, show the all clear. In the meantime, stay safe and look after each other.