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I find after suffering from cancer and having chemotherapy, that I have much empathy towards other people who are going through the same thing.
One lady who I have *met* through blogging, is Lakeland Jo from Windermere in Cumbria. When she learnt that her cancer had returned and was not operable, she went to London and approached the Royal Marsden for a second opinion. That was a very long way to travel from the lake District. After yo-yoing between yes and no for a good while, the hospital finally agreed to a very risky and lengthy operation that has been going on for most of today (Wed).
Being a Christian, she believes in the power of prayer and I know that prayer helped me tremendously when I was first diagnosed with cancer, when I was in a devastated state and also while having chemo.
Jo's husband has posted an update here and she was still under anaesthetic when he wrote it and she had a long way to go. However Jo was doing very well and things looked positive.
I think that she will need a long recovery from such an operation and I would urge all the people who prayed or sent up positive vibes for me, to please do the same for Jo.
Maybe that is why we go through bad times, so that we can help others through their suffering too. Its the only way that I can make any sense out of it at all.
I know that you won't let me down and I can't tell you enough how I value all the friendships that I have through blogging.
I am pleased to say that Jo has pulled through the operation, here and the outlook seems to be pretty good. She will need our prayers as she recovers over the next few weeks.