I started this Blog after being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2010. It was a way of keeping family and friends informed. It then became a campaigning tool helping to make improvements in hospitals nationally. In 2013 we moved to Johannesburg, setting up our own e-education company. Now we have moved to Bangkok, a great base to explore SE Asia. After surgery 7 years ago my PSA remains at zero, the cancer is still undetectable, and I remain thankful.
This time last year we were in Johannesburg, wondering what could possibly make 2016 a more exciting year than the past. We'd travelled to Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and visited every province of South Africa. We'd been shark cage diving, paid our respects at Rorke's Drift, zip wired the longest run in Africa, filmed up close in the Kruger National Park, stood where Stanley had at Victoria Falls, witnessed the country during the passing of Mandela, walked at the 'Cradle of Mankind', been robbed by the police, many times, once at gunpoint....I could fill the page and not touch the surface of that epic year. We met some exceptional people along the way who will be in our hearts forever. As we approach 2016 what can we expect?
"The only real failure is the failure to try. And the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment. As we always must. We came here, and we tried. All of us, in our different ways. Can we be blamed for feeling we're too old to change? Too scared of disappointment to start it all again? We get up every morning, we do our best. Nothing else matters.
But, it's also true that the person who risks nothing, does nothing; has nothing. All we know about the future is that it will be different. But, perhaps what we fear is that it will be the same. So, we must celebrate the changes. Because, as someone once said "Everything will be all right in the end. And if it's not all right, then trust me, it's not yet the end."