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Nichiless Dey

Nick - The Lymphomanator's - Fundraising Page

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My story

[lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][b]Bloody Hell![/b][/p] [p]That was the cleanest of my thoughts when I received the news from Mr Maddox on Friday 5th June 2015.[/p] [p]One lymph node and one lymph cluster grown wild...[/p] [lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][i][b][span=color: #ff0000;]low grade diffuse large B-Cell non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma[/span][/b][/i][/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][i][b][span=color: #ff0000;]or[/span][/b][/i][/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][i][b][span=color: #ff0000;]CANCER![/span][/b][/i][/p] [p][b]The medical bit...[/b] a 100% low grade follicular lymphoma in the node in the right shoulder - now removed by an excellent surgeon and his team at the James Cook University Hospital.[/p][p][i]and...[/i][/p] [p]80% low grade follicular lymphoma in the [i]'blimey, your a big 'un'[/i] left groin lymph node cluster, with 20% of the biopsy sample at stage III high grade lymphoma! Several bits of the latter node(s) was biopsied along with an 'apple core' of my pelvic bone...[i] ouch![/i][/p] [p][b]The result[/b][/p] [p]No more physics & science teaching - never forget my young padawan's 'PHYSICS IS your FRIEND - for an absolute minimum of 6 months as the chemotherapy, scheduled to begin early in July, will flatten my creaking immune system. All will overseen by Professor Cowan of [url=http://www.christie.nhs.uk/]The Christie Hospital [/url]and his newly formed Wigan super team, so fear not folks, I am in most excellent hands.[/p][p][span=color: #ff0000;][b]UPDATE (13.viii.15): [/b][/span]After a frightening lymph node growth spurt was reassuringly explained as normal I am now in a 'wait-&-see' holding pattern. The next series of scans and tests will be in October - unless something occurs before then. Huge thanks to Professor Cowan for taking a personal and time-consuming interest in my case. Hugely impressed with & grateful to all at The Christie. I'm now a volunteer - well, I've got to do something wth all this free time![/p][p][span=color: #ff0000;][b]UPDATE (2.i.16): [/b][/span]The surgery seems to have cleared up all signs of NHL above the diaphragm - very lucky and VERY GOOD NEWS. The groin lymph node cluster is still slowly enlarging although is positioned so as not to damage any vital organs. I'm still in 'watch & wait' and having regular scans and blood tests at The Christie. I'm now managing the fatigue pragmatically - with huge thanks to Ann of The Christie's excellent Psycho-Oncology Team - I must admit to being rather skeptical about CBT but it has worked worked wonders. I'm also returning to teaching, albeit part time, and six months earlier than anticipated - Bolton physicists prepare yourselves for my infamous 'fun quizzes'. Fostering a wonderful lurcher called Dexter from www.northerngreyhoundrescue.co.uk has forced me to walk between five and ten kilometers each day over the last month - although I have lost my sofa, about a third of all meals (a good thing!) and all but a 10 cm wide strip of my bed! Today I return to the saddle and begin my training for the Tour of Flanders sportive, The TdF London-2-Paris challenge and Ride London 2016 (assuming I win a place through the ballot) and will be coached by the superb Gary Kristensen MBE of www.certacito.org - I've never had a cycling coach before and am incredibly grateful to Gary for taking me on-board and hugely excited abut the whole thing. Huge thank to Nozad who contacted me out of the blue offereing a free week of cycling with his superb www.cyclingholidayspain.net company - possible the finest and certinly the most challenging riding that I've ever experienced. Immense thanks to Rich for joining me at very short notice. Sublime times and such happy memories - the absolute high point of a rather sticky 2015. The astonishing generosity of people from all over the world, many who are total strangers, has made huge difference to me - I can and will achieve these challenges and I can and will overcome adapt to the demands of the NHL. Peace, happiness and eternal tailwinds for 2016. Incurable does not mean the end - just a new beginning. Nick[/p] [p][b]The cause: [/b][i][b][span=color: #800080;]I simply have to give something back - it is my way of fighting![/span][/b][/i][/p] [p]I found the website, helpline and buddy system of the [url=http://www.lymphomas.org.uk/]Lymphoma Association[/url] a rock on which to anchor in the maelstrom of events going on around me - no job, yet another move, a very sick mother and the black hole of an uncertain future. Their support, advice and ability to listen, especially during the horrendous time waiting for a diagnosis - [i]sorry, I was not fun to be around[/i] - was a real life-saver. [url=http://www.lymphomas.org.uk/]The Lymphoma Association[/url] helped me to help myself, and to hold everything together.[/p] [p][url=http://www.lymphomas.org.uk/]The Lymphoma Association[/url] will continue to help and to guide me through this very unexpected - [i]and deeply unplesent[/i] - journey. they are very deserving of our support as they touch the lives of so many with this uncurable cancer.[/p] [p][b]The future...[/b][/p] [p]These fundraising and lobbying will also serve as a life-goal for me to work towards - something vital for a healthy state of mind.[/p] [p]You can follow [b][i]my journey[/i][/b], if you wish, at...[/p] [lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][url=http://laughatlymphoma.blogspot.co.uk/][b]laughatlymphoma.blogspot.co.uk[/b][/url][/p] [p]So, you ask, what will I actually be doing to raise these much needed funds for two absolutely vital organisations?[/p] [lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][i]Lots of things![/i][/p] [p][b]My fundraising events...[/b][/p][p][span=background-color: #ff00ff;][b]Yogathon [lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt]- £204.52 raised in four hours of amazing yoga. 7th November 2015[/span][/b][lt]/span[gt][/p][p][span=background-color: #ff00ff;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt]Huge thanks to Michelle from Studio One Yoga, Lee, Kathy, Suzanna, and especially Peter of Broga Northwest - the brainchild and primary energy source behind this magical afternoon. Hearfelt thanks too must go to all those who travelled so far (Stroud!) and donated so much. We were a small but very happy band :-) Apologises if I've missed you - I'm shattered and lying on the my mat![/span][lt]/span[gt][/p][p][b][b]London to Paris Cycle Challenge 2016[/b][/b][/p] [p]My primary goal will be to get myself fit enough to ride a retro bicycle in retro kit - [i]think glistening steel, wolly jumper & toe-clips[/i] - from [b]London to Paris[/b] in July 2016. This will mean cycling about [b]400 miles in four days[/b]: [i]probably more as I do tend to pedal off in the wrong direction![/i][/p] [p]I'll also aim to join the [b]Ride London-Surrey 100 mile[/b] evernt in August 2016, but this time on glisting modern plastic (OK, carbon!)[/p] [p]Such is the magnificance of my friends and colleagues, several have already promised to sign up to join me on this Lymphoma Associaion UK organsied ride. [i]Chapeau Sirs![/i][/p] [p]As these events will cost money to plan and to run I will soon be auctioning one of my beloved steel bikes, along with some cherished yet unused cycling kit, to cover every penny of the participation expense. So you see, [i]it's not a free cycling holiday![/i][/p] [p][b]Hair Today - Gone Tomorrow: [/b]At some point in 2016 or 2017 I will having a sponsored head shave... just to be the chemo to it - [i]if it's going to go, then it's going on my terms![/i][/p] [p][b]Tea, anyone? [/b]I'll also be hosting a few [url=http://www.lymphomas.org.uk/get-involved/great-british-tea-break]'Great British Tea Breaks'[/url] both at home and my brilliantly supportive gym. Alas, my baking is more infamous than legendary! [i]Why not host one yourself and support from a distance? [/i][/p] [p][b]On the Road/Boat to nowhere: [/b]Health permitting I also intend to ride a WattBike for several hours and get an indoor cycling & rowing challenge up and running - huge thanks for this unsolicited offer must go to Russ & Sam at the most brilliant of gyms: [url=http://www.rmfitness.co.uk/]RM Fitness[/url].[/p][p]Now a second quest for[url=http://www.thesufferfest.com/sufferlandrian-community/knights-of-sufferlandria/] Knight of Sufferlandria[/url] would be fittingly eccentric (see UK #39!) Marc - the wonder mechanic at McLovin Bikes and a small band of merry men & I will going for this at the end of February... all things permitting.[/p] [p]Please be reassured that all of your money will go towards supporting two brilliant charitable organisations - any expenses will be covered by myself (or my very generous, radiant and altruistic family... [i]hint, hint guys![/i])[/p] [p]Thanks ever very much for taking the time to visit my little page amongst thousands - there are so many worthwhile causes out there that need our support - I hope you feel inspired to donate to mine.[/p] [p]Please [url=http://laughatlymphoma.blogspot.co.uk/]'Laugh at Lymphoma'[/url] with me :-D[/p] [p][b]Nick[/b][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

24 Jul 2016


Apr 23, 2016

Michael Singer

Thanks for the sponsorship Mike (www.arleycabinets.com)

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Apr 4, 2016


Cheers dude hope this is OK

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Mar 24, 2016

Gill Oakes, Manchester

Great work. Keep up the cycling :) Saw your message on the Rapha forum

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Mar 7, 2016


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Jan 28, 2016

Me ...he types in shame :-D

The final failed dry-January fine!

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Jan 16, 2016


More payments from me and my failed dry-january :-D

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Jan 8, 2016


Happy Birthday :-)

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Jan 3, 2016


My Dry-January 'efforts!

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Jan 3, 2016

Gary Kristensen MBE

Good job mate, loving your work :-)

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Jan 2, 2016

Richard Davidson

Good luck and well done

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