clive in hoodieMy name is Clive Newitt and I am a 46 yr old father of 4. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in July 2015 and have just finished third line treatment for the disease and having a stem cell transplant (Sept ’16). Throughout my illness I have been able to find out an incredible amount of information online about Hodgkin’s Disease, as well as being able to read other people’s blogs, their experiences and how they have coped. It has helped me tremendously. So I decided for a couple of reasons to write my own blog: as a way of hopefully helping as many other people as possible also suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (and similar blood cancers); as a way of keeping my friends and family updated about where things are at; and as a diary of how this story pans out that myself and my family can look back at in years to come.

A bit about me

I was born in Zimbabwe but these days live in Menston, West Yorkshire with my family of 4 kids, partner Emily and our crazy black cat Mojo. I am a Freelance Web Developer by trade, although I am not actually working at the moment (will be back into it as soon as!).

Previously I have pursued a wide range of careers – DJing from the age of 16, which developed into becoming a sound & lighting engineer; a van/truck driver (when I first moved over); working at LEGO in sales and tech support; starting a business importing and distributing unique high strength spirits from around the world; working in marketing at a local mental health charity that helps people get back on their feet; to working in a local creative agency on Front End web stuff. I most recently went back to Freelance web development and specialise in all things WordPress. Whilst I am ill I am also teaching myself a bit about the MEAN stack to keep my mind occupied.

Clive and family

Me and my girls (sadly my son Ben wasn’t around!)


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Latest post from the blog:

The slightly scary severe sepsis story

Although it's a couple of weeks since this all happened, I wanted to share with you an incident which in hindsight was pretty dangerous and scary. I had been home from hospital 5 days after having my auto stem cell transplant and I did something really stupid. Deciding that actually the rules didn't apply to me after all, I got some ear buds out and proceeded to clean my ears. Having done this (cautiously) many times before I didn't think it was a problem and couldn't understand all the stories and advice i.e. "don't put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear..." etc. However this time I bumped my elbow whilst digging around in my left ear and felt immediate pain. But no blood…… Read More >>