Hi All

Welcome to my blog, as most of you know I was diagnosed with Bone Marrow Cancer in July 2008, after 6 months of treatment with Chemo and Steroids my cancer has reduced tremendously, I have now had a stem cell transplant which will keep the cancer dormant for longer, my stem cell treatment started on January 5th with Chemo and I had the transplant in March. I am now home but having to take life very slowly while my cells build up, I will be back to hospital several times over the next few months for blood tests and treatment.
Please feel free to pass this address to anyone and to add comments and join in to help keep me sane (or is it too late for that).
Thanks to all at Royal Liverpool Hospital who have made this year possible, and to all the staff who have worked so hard to eventually harvest the cells and the wonderful staff on the transplant unit, A special thanks to Jamie who is as daft as me when I need humour but an absolutely fantastic support from day one (shame he and most of the staff support LFC but I can't hold that against them).

Ivan 07957361356

16 November 2009

R.I.P. Diane 15th Nov 1958 - 16th Nov 2009

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that my friend Diane died in Walton Hospital early this morning. Diane was admitted back to hospital in the early hours of Friday morning (13/11/09)
Where do I start, Diane has been a great friend for many years, I can't remember a time leaving Diane without a smile on my face and I am sure any of you that didn't know Diane but have read her blog comments will know what I mean.
Di has been a fantastic support to me since I was diagnosed with cancer in July 2008, since then we have supported each other. Diane could truly say to me "Been There, Done That" and when people say "I know how you are feeling" Diane did.
If you want a smile have a look back at my blog and see some of Diane's comments.
In July Diane completed the Cancer Research race for life, her sponsor page made over £1000 towards cancer research, this was Diane all over, doing something for others.
On Saturday evening I went to see Diane with Fr Tom and Frances, Diane was unconsious but comfy and looked very peaceful.

My Blog has been a great support to me but now with my best blogger no longer with us it seems a suitable time to close my blog and the right way to pay my respects to my friend. Thanks Diane and thanks to all who have looked at my blog or contributed.

I will leave you with a quote from Diane:-

You and your bloggers are true friends and I thank you so much for sharing your support with me. As you know it is the expectations of others that help you to be positive. Thanks again, Diane xxx

(Please feel free to leave comments on this page as I will keep checking it and will pass any messages on.)


Rest In Peace my friend.


  1. Nancy and Tony16 November, 2009

    When Father Tom announced how poorly Diane was I could only think what a great support she`d been to you Ivan Please pass on our condolences to her family
    love from
    Nancy and Tony

  2. Diane made me smile many times reading her comments on this blog - You know my feelings and how much you both were an inspiration to me through some hard times this year - She will always have a special place in my heart. RIP Di,xxxxxx Kate xxxx

  3. Diane was a lovely lady who could always be relied on in times of need. I will miss reading your banter and am sure there will be lots of chocolate in heaven for her. God bless Diane my best wishes to Mike and the boys

  4. I doubt that any of us can offer a better tribute than Ivan has done. I never met Diane but yet feel I got to know her and it seemed that that she was wonderful testimony to the power of positive thought. Sharing that with others at their times of need was a great gift. She will be missed. We need many more like her.

  5. When I think of this I will always think of Diane. I had the great pleasure of meeting up with Diane at Ivan's bloggers night out - Diane has left footprints in my heart.


    Kate xxx

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