This isn’t a post I thought I’d be writing.
Just over two months ago I noticed a small lump on the side of my jaw, near to where it joins the neck. (That might not be precisely right, but I never was very good at biology). It didn’t go away, so a couple of weeks later I went to see my GP. This has since led to numerous different tests being performed on me at the hospital, culminating in a minor operation to remove a smaller lump lower down in my neck this week.
The diagnosis is that I have a non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which sounds scary (and it is!), but I’m told that it should be very treatable with chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy over the course of the next few months. I appear to have spotted it early on – which helps. I guess the lesson is never to be afraid that you’re bothering your GP over nothing – always go and see them, and see them soon, if you’re concerned about any aspect of your health.
Anyway, the result of all this is that I’ve requested to postpone starting the second year of my MSc until next September. I’m gutted, but I suspect that I’ll need all of my energy to beat this off while hopefully managing to carry on working.
So this definitely isn’t goodbye – but it does mean a slight pause in my academic ambitions.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts over the last year and I’m looking forward to picking up the MSc again in a year’s time.