Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Lives & Times Meets Lorraine Kelly

To read how you can order the Lives & Times fundraising book for Beating Bowel Cancer click here.

One of the final photographs I took for the book was of ITV daytime TV presenter Lorraine Kelly. It was a glorious crisp and sunny morning last September, and I ended up meeting Lorraine in the studio right after her daily morning show had finished.

The chapter in the book describes the experience in full, and it was fascinating spending time watching a live show from the back of the studio behind the cameras. I wasn't expecting to be able to take Loraine's photo in the studio, so that was a real bonus. She was lovely and couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating, and the studio set was even kept in place for a few extra minutes to enable to do the photography. The photo above above is a photo I received from Lorraine with her copy of the book after publication. She also very kindly did me a short video message to help with the book's promotion which you can view here.

My mother successfully had surgery in February 2014 to remove a cancerous nodule from her left lung, which as expected was a secondary cancer related to her bowel cancer of 2012. This was her fourth cancer operation in two and a half years. She made a great recovery, but unfortunately last October another cancerous nodule was detected on her left lung following her regular CT scan. The plan was for Mum to have surgery to have the nodule removed, but unfortunately in November Mum had a seizure and after tests we discovered that the cancer had spread to her brain, so that operation was postponed. In January she had "CyberKnife" treatment over three consecutive days for the brain cancer. Attention was then turned back to the lung, and she was operated on in early March and they removed the lower lob of her left lung as more nodules had appeared. Although Mum made a good recovery from the operation, unfortunately now the brain cancer has returned with a vengeance and a recent seizure has put mum in hospital unable to move her right hand, right leg and has badly affected her speech. On top of all this she still requires chemotherapy to treat the tumour. If ever she has needed positive vibes now is very much that time.

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