[Updated] I am a 32 year old guy living in Auckland, NZ. In 2008, the day before my birthday I was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma of the bowel. Starting January 2009 I underwent a chemotherapy regimen which was supposed to increase the chances of my survival at 5 years from 20% to 40%. The odds weren’t great, but I fought them. My wife, Hannah and I, journey through this together, and whether I make 5 years or 50 years, life still has a lot to offer, and God still has the world in his hands.
In October 2009, I had a follow up CT scan which shows that the cancer has returned, and done so aggressively (Oncology Update 2.0). December 2009 marks the beginning of more chemotherapy, but this time the goal isn’t cure, it is to extend my life as long as possible. My blog has now taken on the roll of documenting this journey, and invites those who want to journey with me to join me as I engage with issues of life, death, and God.
After school I completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biomedical Science, followed by a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science and then working in that respective industry for 1 year full time, and a further 3 years part time. After the first year of work, I changed the direction my life was taking and entered medical school. I have now completed all 6 years of medical school, with a 1 year hiatus in 2009. I am currently working as a Doctor at Auckland City Hospital.
In ten years time… I wanna be a surgeon…