clive in hoodieMy name is Clive Newitt and I am a 45 yr old father of 4. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in July 2015 and am currently undergoing second line treatment for the disease. 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. I don’t know what people did before the advent of ‘Tinternet! So I decided for 2 reasons to write my own blog – one as a way of hopefully helping as many other people as possible also suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (and similar blood cancers). Also as a way of keeping my friends and family updated about where things are at.

A bit about me

I was born in Zimbabwe but these days live in Ilkley, 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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Read the latest news on Hodgkin’s Lymphoma here

Latest post from the blog:

Brentuximab, Baby

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Had a serious lack of enthusiasm and energy for most things lately. Might be the cumulative effect of all these drugs. Or having the kids around 24/7 because of school holidays. Or the long hot barmy summer days (...not!). I have managed to sum up the energy to tweet every now and again, and those who follow me on Twitter or look at the feed on the sidebar of this site from time to time will have a pretty good understanding of whats been happening. Which I am happy to report is 'not too much'! Brentuximab 3 was given to me on the 22 July as an in-patient. I was admitted to the ward on the Thursday evening…… Read More >>