Hi there thanks for having a look at my blog. Now you’re probably asking yourself ‘who is this Mike Parke lunatic and why is he doing this?’. Well on 23 August 2010 I was diagnosed with Terminal Stage 4 Malignant Melanoma, which had metastasized to my Brain and Chest i.e. tumors, have spread around my body from an original ‘primary’ site and developed there. My intent through this website is take to take my family, friends and anyone else who might be interested on a little journey explaining how all of that came to be diagnosed. This will then turn into more of a Blog, otherwise known as a ‘Web Log’ – I didn’t know what it meant either – of mine and Kady’s lives, how we have and are coping with things and what we’re doing to make the most of the situation and live life to the fullest.
I have found as I have worked through this blog various things continue to drop out of the multitude of medical and emotional related situations we’ve had to deal with. Identifying them and ‘chewing the fat’ through here is proving to be particularly cathartic for me and really helping me to, as the cool kids would say ‘keep it real’.
It is my hope that this Blog may not only prove useful in keeping those close to me up to speed, but also be of assistance to others who are unfortunate enough to find themselves in a similar position. I don’t promise to have the correct answers as of course everyone is an individual and we all react differently, particularly to such a damning event as a diagnosis of Terminal Cancer. I would however like to give people some food for thought resulting from my own experiences which they can use as they wish.
I strongly encourage anyone sufficiently interested to subscribe to this Blog, that way you’ll automatically receive an email whenever I add something. The email subscription box is just above and to the left of this paragraph.
Also, I am trying to do various things to help raise money for charity, both myself and by supporting friends and family who are also doing things. Please have a look at the links above and to the left under the title Charity. Both extremely worthwhile causes, this website has had over 20,000 hits, even if everyone only gave £1 it would go a long way to helping a lot of people.
Right, I hate to have to do this but it’s the world we live in now.
Throughout this Blog I am expressing entirely my own opinion, where I attempt to quote someone else then even if I don’t explicitly say it, what I’m presenting is my written interpretation and understanding of what they said and they cannot be held liable. If there is a mistake then it is mine and not that of the individual, my excuse is that the Whole Brain Radiotherapy (more about that later) I have received does now make me very confused at times. To underline the point and it pains me to do so, I’ll start with the words of an irritating lawyer I once had the displeasure of dealing with and you can quote me on the below throughout this whole Blog:
- Know the Risk Factors for Malignant Melanoma (everydayhealth.com)