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Stiff upper lip

It’s been a while and since it’s the end of March, I thought that I’d better post again so that it doesn’t look as if I’ve forgotten.

I attended another joint Leukaemia Care and Lymphoma Association conference yesterday. They held one in Liverpool last October and yesterday it was in London. As always, these conferences are very good, but yesterday’s got me thinking – maybe a little bit too much. If you have been reading this blog from the start nearly five years ago, you will know that I have been to several similar events, but this is the first time that a particular subject has been on the agenda.

The last speaker was “Counsellor and Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapist” at a London teaching hospital and he was talking about the psychological affects of living with a cancer such as NHL and how one needs to “adjust” to the new situation you find yourself in. That adjustment has no end point. You are constantly having to re-assess your situation, how you feel about life and how the cancer is affecting that. He claimed that it is always stressful and often distressing and the events can be described as “traumatic”. He even stated that some people display “Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms” which can take months or even years to come out.

Well, I don’t think I am anywhere near to that situation, but I confess to having a bit of a down day today. Probably because I’ve been thinking about what he said. I let my stiff upper lip drop.

Feeling down is perfectly natural but what is most important is to not let these negative thoughts get a hold. “Thinking and behaviour have the greatest impact on mood” and “This means that if you change your thoughts or behaviour you can change the way you feel”, he says (I should really just post the photos I took of his slides… it would be quicker!) The summary slide is below.


Like a lot of this psychology stuff, this is all pretty obvious really. Stop thinking negative thoughts and you will feel happier. (I want to say “Der” here, but I am sure that it’s not that easy)

But that’s what I am going to do. Now, I wonder where that half full glass is…


Another excellent conference plus news of beanos.

I attended a conference jointly organised by the Leukaemia CARE and Lymphoma Association charities in Liverpool yesterday. Judging by the number of hands that were raised, there were more Lymphoma-ists there than Leukaemia folk, but I’m sure they won’t mind.

As at the previous conferences that I have attended (although I’ve not been to one of these joint ones before), the speakers were all absolutely first class, especially the specialist nurse from The Christie who gave a presentation on stem cell transplants. I will definitely go again next year.

Heading into another busy week now. Not only do we have the annual office strategy conference this week, but next weekend will be the Leica Forum Annual Beano, The One Challenge. We are heading to the home of Leica in Wetzlar, Germany, this year, but due to the aforementioned company do, we can’t fly out until the morning of the Challenge itself on Saturday. This doesn’t give us the usual opportunity of sussing out the location on the day before, but I am sure we will manage to scrape together something on the day.

We are using the Challenge as an excuse to take a few days in southern Germany and do a bit of touring around. I haven’t been to that part of Germany before (apart from on a visit to a glass factory on the Austrian border a few years ago, which doesn’t count). Our trip takes in the Bavarian Alps, Lake Constance and Baden-Baden, so this should be interesting. Lots to do before then though…

Determined to put my good fortune to good use, we have also decided on our now habitual “first week in March jaunt”. On the recommendation of a friend, we have decided to head to Sorrento for a few days and take a trip out to Pompeii (and Herculaneum, if the time allows). We have to fly into Naples, but have no desire to visit the city, so we will take a transfer bus directly from the airport to Sorrento. Will also try to hire a car for the day and drive down the Amalfi Coast road – one of the best drives in Europe, apparently – and maybe take a ferry to Capri for the day. Could be a busy week if we try to pack too much in, so will have to think about that carefully.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how very reasonable the hotel costs (a decent one according to Trip Advisor) and the BA flight from Gatwick was cheaper than the Easyjet one. Even the hotel we use at the airport, where we leave the car too, is charging about £20 less than they did last time. All very odd, but welcome.

I might even get to take some photographs – that would be a novelty…