Thursday was an interesting day. I had my 3 month review with my lovely oncologist following the end of my chemotherapy treatment. Apart from the drugs causing me to lose sensitivity in my fingers and toes (which causes them to feel cold all the time), I’ve been feeling great for a while now but I still went to the consultation feeling slightly apprehensive of course. Anyway the outcome of all the recent tests I’ve undertaken is that there’s no significant sign of the cancer having returned. Woo hoo. So I’ve been given a 3 month pass before I start the round of tests and consultation again. My wife C and I were very happy to tell our daughters the news this time as you can imagine.
I had a recent message from my favourite (I know lots of them) space scientist Prof Colin Pillinger. Colin was head of the Beagle 2 project to put a vehicle onto the surface of Mars to search for evidence of life. By an extraordinary feat of effort, drive and personal commitment Colin got the largely British-built Beagle probe built, launched and transported over 6 months through the solar system to the red planet in time for its Xmas day landing, and then the transmissions stopped.