My cancer diagnosis and 'beating cancer' blog
29 Apr 2011
My apologies for diverting from the usual subject matter of education, but as I know many of the readers of this blog well (and feel I know many more of you who read it and comment on it) I hope you will forgive one item of personal news.
A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with lung cancer. For someone who has never smoked, it was a huge shock. It has also been a big shock for my family. All the more so as not long before I had been assured by doctors that the cough that was troubling me was NOT cancer.
For some people cancer is, rightly and understandably, a very private and personal matter. But I have decided to be open and public about it. After some initial hesitation, and after asking the views of my wife and daughters, I have decided to write a 'beating cancer' blog elsewhere on this website. www.mikebakereducation.co.uk/beatingcancer/ In it I intend to be as honest as possible about the progress of my treatment.
I won't say much more here as, in the first entry, I explain why I have decided to do this and anyone who would like to follow my progress will be able to do so quite separately from the education news and analysis service, which I intend to maintain as fully as possible. It is also my intention to maintain, as far as the chemotherapy allows, my broadcasting, journalism and other activities.
I will just say, though, that one of my hopes is to explore and explain the many complementary anti-cancer approaches I will be trying in the hope this might be useful to others.
On each entry in the blog there is (as here) a comment box and I would greatly welcome your views, suggestions and reactions.
Thanks for reading this far....and now normal education service will be resumed on this part of the website.