Bad News and Rules

Dear Friends. Today I got the news that I’ve been expecting/dreading since I noticed a couple of weeks ago that my right breast had changed shape. I have breast cancer.
I have a 2.5cm lump, and the good news is that it hasn’t spread to my lymph nodes. I will have an MRI scan next week, then surgery within a month, to be followed by further treatment.
In the meantime, here are the rules:

  1. It’s OK to talk about it.
  2. I may have to blow out of commitments I have made to do stuff over the next while, but don’t assume I have done unless I tell you.
  3. Boob jokes are fine. Sexist jokes are not. If you don’t know the difference, shut up. (I’m working on my sense of tumour.)
  4. Cancer is going to regret picking a fight with me.
  5. Be nice to my family.
  6. First poem on the subject to follow soon.
  7. My birthday party goes ahead whatever.
  8. Check your boobs regularly. Including you blokes.

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