My 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 began what I hoped was a ‘routine’ course of chemotherapy, after being told it was a very treatable form of cancer. Sadly, I proved to be an exception and failed both 1st & 2nd line treatments. I then began tretament with immunotherapy in May ’16 and having got into what looked like a stable remission by the August I had an autologous stem cell transplant in early Sept ’16. This blog is a catalogue of what I’ve been through. I have been able to find loads 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 – and that helped me a lot. So I decided to write my own blog: as a way of helping as many fellow sufferers of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (and similar blood cancers); as a way of keeping my friends and family up to date; and as a diary of how this story that is my life these days pans out, so that myself and my family can (hopefully) 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.