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:

100 day scan results - Nothing else matters

I went in for a PET scan last week Tuesday as I'm at the 100 day mark post my auto stem cell transplant. I spent the next week in nervous apprehension of the results, and what the doctors would have decided to do moving forward. As I saw it there were 3 possible outcomes: "PET scan shows you still have active disease and we need to give you more chemo to get you back into remission and then send you for an allogeneic stem cell transplant ASAP" "PET scan shows no active disease. You are in remission. However we have no faith it will remain that way for long due to the way you have relapsed after very short periods of time twice in the…… Read More >>