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:

Yeah right, Clive!

I haven't posted in a while. I intended to post every day, but in hindsight that was totally unrealistic. I am now finally strong enough to fire up the laptop and type some words, but I'll keep this one brief and post again soon with a detailed diary of whats been happening. Here is what happened in a nutshell: The day after my last post, day 6 of BEAM was Melphalan day. That's the drug (a derivative of mustard gas) that destroys your mouth and stomach lining. I sucked ice lollies like mad (ice-cold helps prevent too much damage). That actually went okay, only took about 15 minutes, but the build-up mentally was extreme and I was exhausted afterwards. The next day was stem cell…… Read More >>