My Review Of The Year…..

So it all started off in January with good news for me personally. I saw Dr Fehr at the hospital who had some news about my treatment for the stomach tumour, it would be starting in the next few weeks.
In February The Bill actor and my brother Eddie’s mate was diagnosed with bowel cancer and vowed to ‘KICK IT INTO TOUCH’!!!
April 27th was our second annual Charity golf day. We didn’t think this day would happen because it didn’t stop raining throughout the whole of April……..but it stopped just as the first ball was hit and stayed dry for the whole day. What a day it was, we raised around £3500 for local cancer charities!!! So THANK YOU everyone involved!!!
It was a quiet couple of months from the end of April although a brilliant weekend was had at Twickenham with the familys’ Dridge, Lewis, Donaldson and Honeyman.
The end of June was an awesome surprise to me…….Daniel called me asking me if I wanted to go to Kiev to watch the Euro Final, how could anyone say no to that. His mate Terry had won a competition to go to Kiev, 2 nights accommodation, return flights and match tickets to watch Spain hammer Italy 4-0.
Oh we also had the privilege of seeing Queen and Adam Lambert and Elton John live in the square outside OUR hotel!!! Bloody awesome especially when your not expecting it!!!
Just a few days after we got back from Kiev, we had the real sad news that we had lost our ‘mate’ Phil Dridge. He had battled for a year, like a proper trooper!!! It hardly stopped him doing anything.
Phil thanks for everything and for keeping my head from dropping. You’ll never know how much you helped me.
The day of Phils funeral was also the day if the London Olympics Opening Ceremony. What a day of emotion that was!!!
August saw Kick it into Touch’s first charity single being recorded. My brother Eddie and Tia-Jade Ayling recorded Elton John’s, Your Song, which was premiered at The Kings Theatre Autumn season opener.
We sold about 250 copies of it…….
October was a shit of a month, I had a call from Dr Davies telling me something was found on my para-aortic lymph gland, wherever that is. They didn’t know what it was at the time because nothin was showing in the blood. Then just a couple of days later we lost our cousin Geoff Madgwick. He fought a brave fight against a brain tumour for the last few years. We said goodbye on 19th October.
The 28th October saw me and my team participate in the Great South Run, blimey that was hard work. But we did it, I DID IT!!! We also raised about £2000 in the process, thanks again to everyone who donated to us runners.
The end of November was a real kick in the teeth. I received had a call from Dr Simmonds telling me that the tumour markers in my blood are slightly raised. He told me not to panic but wanted to see me the following week.
We got there and he explained that basically I had a seminoma, again, which is testicular cancer.
I GET KNOCKED DOWN, BUT I GET UP AGAIN, YOU’LL NEVER GONNA KEEP ME DOWN!!!
I’ve been helping out at Havant Fruit & Flowers because its closing on Christmas Eve. Gutted its gone, but that’s business for you.
So now it’s New Years Eve and I’m in Dublin with Angie, Maisie, Eddie, Jackie, Margaret and Kenny!!!
We’re at The Brazen Head ready to party!!!
The New Year will start with me having 9 weeks of chemo at Southampton Hospital, something to look forward to I suppose!!!

Happy New Year

John

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