I just wanted to provide an update regarding my ongoing absence from the practice.
Firstly though, I'd like to thank so many people for the lovely cards, gifts and other messages that have been passed on to me. Along with my wife and family, I have been absolutely overwhelmed by your kindness. It has been deeply humbling to feel so appreciated and to realise that I am in so many people's thoughts. I've kept in close touch with my colleagues and receiving each new batch of cards and messages, when we meet up, has been a huge morale booster.
I look forward to thanking people personally, when I'm back in the practice. Unfortunately though, my return to work won't be quite as soon as I'd originally hoped. I've just been told that I need to have an operation, to consolidate my chemotherapy. This is a 'belt and braces' procedure - it doesn't mean that the chemo hasn't worked and the outlook should still be very favourable. The surgery won't be a minor undertaking though and I'll be out of action until February.
I am incredibly disappointed about this, as I am feeling well now and was raring to return to work. I'm out and about and rapidly regaining my previous fitness and even my hair has started to grow back (well, sort of!). I realise though that I must do what's best and that these things can't be rushed. Despite what some of you might think, I am being a very good patient!
I look forward to providing another update in the New Year. In the meantime I'd like to say thank you again for your kindness and I hope that you all have a happy and healthy Christmas.
With very best wishes
Dr Alan Maguire