Kev has been writing about living with inoperable prostate cancer for a few years now and whilst it is obviously very important to Kev, running is only a part of the story. His blogs evolved from emails he would write to communicate with his friends/colleagues/supporters en masse and they have since evolved in complexity and scope. Here we have put them into blog form, the most recent at the top so scoll down for the ones dating back to the start. They give an incredible insight into this kind of experience and how we can all move forward from such a traumatic and devastating moment.
Below is his first 'blog', from November 2014, which was actually an email to his colleagues at the bank not long after his diagnosis. It's powerful and sobering to say the least reading something back which was written right there and then in the middle of the maelstrom.
Today , November 6th 2016 is the most special anniversary for it is exactly 2 years ago to the day when I was told by my Urologist that I had incurable Prostate Cancer and maybe as little as 2 years to live.
I have written before about how emotional that day and the time afterwards was but apart from the obvious never really explained why. You see, I worked it out that if I was to die in 2 years then a year of chemotherapy and radiotherapy with all that goes with that plus a year of gradual demise to the end meant that if I were to hit that date my life in terms of living was over.
You are receiving this email because as at sometime during my journey you have sponsored me, given me some encouragement (in person or by email/text) or supported me in some other way, I remain eternally grateful for whatever you have done. If you do not want to receive any more please email me back and I will take you off of the list, I wont be offended and hope I have not offended you? If you would rather I sent this to an alternative email address please let me know.
So its two weeks since my return from the desert, what a fantastic place it is . The week was an experience of the highest highs and the lowest lows almost every day.
The camaraderie amongst all 1200 competitors was amazing, everyone wanted everyone to finish, on the long day the whole camp got to their feet to cheer in the final few finishers who had been on their feet for over 32 hours.
I hope you wont mind but I thought I would give you an update on my health issues and details of my probable last big race and fund raiser.
I am now back in the swing of being at work, although still 4 days a week there are bits that I am getting my teeth into.
The first stage drugs effectively failed a few weeks ago, it was always going to happen but was a bit quicker than I had hoped so I have started the next type of testosterone blockers whilst carrying on with the first ones still.
Dear Kind and Generous Sponsor, a long over due update sorry for the delay.
Thank you again for sponsoring me in my running efforts, hopefully this one will fully justify your support!
I have been back at work now for a couple of months, four days a week for now and people have been great in both welcoming me back and being most understanding and accommodating of my situation.
Sorry its been too long since my last contact but I guess the fact I have not felt like it is the measure of where I have been mentally for a while.
I hope you are all keeping well, I know that some of you have had your own challenges whilst I have been away and hope that they are moving ahead positively.
So what have I been up to other than soaking up the sun whenever I can?
What the difference a year makes?
Last year same race 3 hours 47 minutes, this year 4 hours 36 minutes, my slowest, most emotional and painful marathon ever but also the one that gives me most pride.
I don't know if it was the cancer, the chemo, the hormone drugs, the chest infection or the lack of training for the last month or combination of the above that slowed me although that's kind of irrelevant now.
My last generic update before the big Brighton Marathon day on Sunday.
Firstly I continue to be overwhelmed by the support I have had from everyone whilst I am going through my treatment, it has made a massive difference mentally and enabled me to put some darker thoughts to the back of my mind sometimes, I have also raised a few quid for Prostate Cancer UK along the way.
Hi, apologies for this generic update
Its been some time since I wrote with events of 2015, apologies if you have heard some of this before but I hope you do not mind a one size fits all email.
First some history:-
I just wanted to say thank you for your compassion and understanding of my personal situation. As you can imagine at a healthy 49 the last thing I expected after some minor symptoms was to be told that I may only have a few years to live so it has been a bit of a struggle to be honest to hold it together some days.
I am afraid it could not have been much worse. I have Metastatic Prostate Cancer (I am in esteemed company as that is what Alvin Stardust had), I will leave you to Google it but there is no cure and they can only try to stop it for a while or slow it down, bit of a bummer.