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A WordPress post I had completely forgotten about – originally posted July 2014

I’d forgotten this post I published in July last year, “Raising awareness to early signs of prostate cancer“, and so re-posting now before I start my new blog.

The photo above is Rob my brother who passed away 6 weeks after the picture was taken. That’s what Metastatic Prostate Cancer will do to you if left undetected. Get yourselves checked out guys if aged 40 or over. The earlier its caught the greater the chance its treatable.

It brought a tear to my eye reading the original post once more. Not just because of the bad punctuation and grammar, (that’s more a groan of discomfort & sigh in embarrassment), but in memory of my brother Rob and remembering a time I was so skint I couldn’t even travel to see him in Leeds, after he was suddenly taken ill was rushed back into hospital.

At the time I was in my 9th month of unemployment and living the nightmare. Along with many uncounted others in the UK, who are unable to claim benefits of any kind for one reason or another, who are not registered as unemployed and consequently not included on any unemployed government statistical chart.

A period in time when those around me could see I was growing increasingly ill by the day, plagued with worry and drowning in debt, and unable or willing to admit to it.

Severe depression is an awful thing, with mine brought about over a number of years by the remorseless, unrelenting hounding by irresponsible lenders and their wolves, (further posts about this to follow), compounded by a feeling of utter despair at seeing what it was doing to my family.

Trying to deal with my severe depression was, and still is to a point, extremely difficult to achieve, mainly because I’m unable to remove the root causes and problems that continue to feed it.

I did the only thing I felt I could do to overcome that despair and that was to continue dedicating myself in trying to build a preschool business for Linda on-line, in brief an extension of what she does now but available to a wider audience. In the first instance to show her talents and unique style in teaching preschool education to kids up to early years primary. Unique is a word I’ve read a number of times and advised not to use, but in this case it is very applicable, as all her work she’s researched and written herself and presented in her own unique style.

Linda’s preschool video’s, now available on-line through Vimeo and on her Facebook page, are not to highlight my lack of skill in audio and filming, or my lack of knowledge required to start a project like this, (they were filmed on a cheap webcam, originally to promote her preschool activity cards). I, more than any one am aware of my amateurish first attempts.

It was during the editing of Linda’s videos, that I identified what it was, that the kids she teaches, love about her and what makes them laugh. Please watch her videos on the Vimeo review pages to see if your of the same opinion.

As I have already mentioned the quality of sound and filming is dreadful and it’s those areas I’m concentrating on and trying to improve, by attempting to raise the finances to do so. Linda continues to work endlessly on new material which is then tried and tested, as all her work is at a local nursery that she works part time once a week.

Totstunetime is Linda’s preschool creation, her love and passion, the videos presently just to showcase her range in preschool education and to outline what I see as the bigger picture and the next level we are striving to reach.

Linda writes preschool age poems, songs, rhymes and stories, covering a wide range of subjects from healthy eating, exercise, to events such as Bonfire night, Halloween, Christmas and the seasons, recognition of animals, which Linda researched herself and then composed as songs & rhymes. On how to do things like brushing your teeth, to explaining the mystery of the transition from preschool to primary (elementary), in My 1st Day at School and making this information and knowledge readily available to children everywhere as Preschool Classes Online.

Linda continues to write, whilst I continue to showcase her unique talent with only A stub end of a shoestring budget remaining. Linda’s preschool videos will one day be available for kids everywhere and free of charges if we can reach that level of achievement, but only when we can achieve the high standard in production that that requires.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this post.

A WordPress post I had completely forgotten about – originally posted July 2014

Raising Flags to Signs of Prostate Cancer:

Rob my brother who passed away 6 weeks after the picture was taken. That’s what Metastatic Prostate Cancer will do to you. Get yourselves checked out guys.

Originally posted on Raising awareness to early signs of prostate cancer.:

I’d forgotten this post I published in July last year, “Raising awareness to early signs of prostate cancer“, and so re-posting now before I start my new blog.

The photo above is Rob my brother who passed away 6 weeks after the picture was taken. That’s what Metastatic Prostate Cancer will do to you if left undetected. Get yourselves checked out guys if aged 40 or over. The earlier its caught the greater the chance its treatable.

It brought a tear to my eye reading the original post once more. Not just because of the bad punctuation and grammar, (that’s more a groan of discomfort & sigh in embarrassment), but in memory of my brother Rob and remembering a time I was so skint I couldn’t even travel to see him in Leeds, after he was suddenly taken ill was rushed back into hospital.

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Telephone call from Cath my brothers wife when he was seriously ill 2014

A very recent telephone call Update.

I received a telephone call this morning (July  2014)from Cath my brothers wife which went something like this.

Cath, ” hello love you ok?”

Me, “Ay not bad – how is he?”

Cath, “Ay hes not bad, but ya know what the stubborn old buggers like. Anyway hes being discharged this morning once I’ve been shown how to change his catheter and our Trace (her younger sister) gets here. Macmillans will be helping with his care 24/7 from now on”

Me, ” Oh Ok. Whilst I remember can please thank your Mickey (Caths younger brother) for making the difficult phone call he had to make on Sunday to break the bad news. I really do understand you were too upset to make yourself.)

Cath, “I will do love, I’m sorry I was too stunned and upset to call you myself.”

Cath, “By the way that nurse has had a rite old rollicking for breaking it to us like that, especially with it being completely incorrect.”

Me, “Pardon.”

Cath, “Yer she had no right to say that to us.”

Me, “Sorry.”

Cath, “Yer, if he continues with the supplement drinks he will be ok for sometime to come.”

Me, “Sorry ………………… are you telling me HES NOT got just 4 – 6 weeks left to live  (Mickey had to break this soul destroying news on Sunday evening that Rob had only 4 – 6 weeks to live and not the 18 months to 3 years, we all had previously thought when Rob was given his original prognosis and which we have all only just grown to live with).

Cath, “Ay.”

Me, “What the Bleep, was the dozy Bleeping Bleepwit nurse, Bleeping thinking of for Bleeps sake.”

Cath, “I don’t know love.”

Me, “Bleeping bleepers ………..”

Cath, “Sorry but I’ve got to go now and be shown how to change a catheter bag, we’ll give you a call later. Bye.”

Me, ” Ok Cath, give R kid our love and I apologise for my Bleeping tourettes outburst.”

Cath, “Oh thats alright love ……….. oh before I go, your Rob laughed and said your a cheeky bastard for writing that he was impersonating a turtle in that picture, haha he does though don’t he. Bye.”

End of conversation.

Note:                                                                                                                       Rob & his family live only 150 miles away but it might as well be the other side of the moon.

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Robert Osborne (Butler) RIP

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/my-brother-rob-aged-51-died-sunday-24th-aug-14/x/7936754

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Robert passed away at home with his wife and sons there to comfort him in his final moments 24/8/14.
Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom Health
Short Summary
My new campaign is to raise funds for my brothers wife Cath and her family towards Robert’s funeral expenses.
This campaign is also to help Robert’s family get back on their feet and help in putting their lives back together, in the knowledge that the unforeseen crippling financial hardship Roberts illness brought about.
My personal goal is to continue working & researching my original fundraising appeal, which is to launch a “Raising Flags to Signs of Prostate Cancer” awareness campaign.

My goal is to try help save others by using the valuable lessons learnt following the late discovery of Metastatic Prostate Cancer in my brother Rob and will continue as a separate campaign but have included in this campaign due to it’s relevance and where the story began.

Where it all started – My Raising Flags to signs of prostate cancer summary.

Rob my younger brother by 6 years was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer in Oct 2013 which was tragically inoperable & incurable due to its late discovery:

Bringing Rob’s story to life in my “Raising Flags to early Signs of Prostate Cancer” awareness campaign.
This awareness campaign will be to highlight the possible early signs of this type of Cancer in particular.

Once launched I will be targeting guys 40+ and GP’s everywhere to adopt it and which could be easily adapted for other cancers.

Outline
The general idea is based on health & safety within the construction industry and my career background.

In construction when Flags are Raised attention will be drawn to that particular problem solely by the number of Flags for all to see, waving around highlighting that something is wrong.

In Roberts case it would have been 12+ Flags Raised following the number of visits he made to his local surgery before the penny finally dropped, sadly in Robs case it was too late. This was after being informed, you don’t have cancer Robert, to a sorry not long after, when he was informed you have metastatic cancer and its terminal.

I feel if just a couple of flags had been raised following his numerous visits to his local surgery, then he may have had a fighting chance. That’s what my “Raising Flags to Signs of Prostate Cancer” is all about.

All it needed was someone to shout, “Hey wait a minute there’s a possible link here to Prostate Cancer but no one did.

The Impact
One piece of good news is that Rob’s story is already beginning to help others with the age category now lowered from 50 to 40 in his local area and that flags will now be raised when symptoms of metastatic prostate cancer begin to show in this lower age group. Well done to his local GP practice for introducing this new policy.
My own research has so far identified 2 prescribed medications which Robert had been prescribed separately over a number of years and totally unrelated to this killer disease (at the moment) but which I feel could have masked it’s signs and symptoms due to their occasional side effects.

This needs careful research by others, more in the know than myself. All I can say for definite is that Robert’s disease when identified, was terminal on its discovery and only shortly after being reassured that he didn’t have cancer.

Thank you to everyone by helping in anyway you can to spread the word by referring and contributing to this campaign. One easy way to achieve this is by using the Indiegogo share tools.