Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Health update Feb 2017

A number of people have asked why I haven't given any updates on my health - well the main reason is that there isn't much to say! I have already lived one year beyond the original prognosis, which is pretty amazing.

So to clarify
- I have been back on chemo since September, and apart from what's left of my hair going very white, I am not suffering any significant side-effects.
-  My general health is excellent. My energy levels are less than they were, but then I'm getting older!!
- I am suffering only mild pain. I have been on the same amount of pain killers since June 2016, which is unusual, as normally the body becomes tolerant to it, so dosage needs to be increased.
- I am having weekly blood tests and occasional scans. Generally these are positive - the previously identified tumours seem to be shrinking, but a possible new one has developed. My kidney function is pretty stable, and my cancer markers are down.
- Medically, it is a case of "as you were." My oncologists say I am terminally ill
- The miracle goes on. My oncologists have little or no idea why I am still alive - if they did, they'd be selling books by now.
- We have big pans for this year, including a trip to UK in April for a Church Army International Leaders' Conference, and a possible visit to Malawi to deliver some Church Planting Movements training, plus loads of stuff in New Zealand.

Keep praying - you are helping the miracle to continue!


  1. You are pure inspiration Philip. And in my prayers every day.

  2. Great news. Lots of love Mary and Keith xx

  3. Good on ya mate - mighty warrior for Jesus.

  4. Dear Phil and Monika
    Good to read your update.

    All our love and prayers

    David and Pip