About Colin

Colin in the dining room

A small introduction seems appropriate. I’m a 39 year old man, living in Korumburra in Victoria, Australia. I live with my partner, Peter, who is a remedial massage therapist, and our two dogs – Molly and Biff. By profession I’m a registered nurse, but I also work in educational consultancy, and am a sociologist and researcher with particular interests in the sociology of health, religion and masculinity. I belong to the Anglican Church of Australia and worship in the Parish of Korumburra, but it would be fair to say that ‘belonginess’ is rather tested at present – on both sides, I suspect. I am also an Oblate of St Benedict, and a member of the World Community for Christian Meditation. I’m very interested in monastic spirituality, and the linkages and continuities between Christianity and Buddhism (a path I followed for some time).

I’m very interested in spirituality, politics, reading (most things), writing, bush-walking, good movies, good food, friends and pondering the world. I’m committed to social justice, am a pacifist, and generally fairly left-wing liberal (please, no flaming critiques on that position from the US – they don’t apply where I live!).

In my life I’ve been faced with various challenges and set-backs. Some of the most significant of these come from my own failings, and it must be said that there are a number of my paths and actions that I regret. Some of the more significant challenges in my life at the moment come from my health – I have mantle cell lymphoma, for which I am receiving treatment at the very wonderful Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. I also have bipolar affective disorder, for which I receive effective pharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment.
My mother (Jenny) and my father (Richard) live in a small rural area of Victoria called Dumbalk North. My brother David is a research scientist in Toowoomba, Queensland, and my brother Scott is a supervisor in a government agency call-centre. My brother Brian died in June 2005.

One of the significant graces in my life has been my relationship with my partner, Peter. We have been together since 2000. While things have not always been easy for us, because of external and internal pressures, we have both grown and learn much. It would be difficult for me to walk the path I’m on without him, and I’m very grateful.

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  1. Hello Colin, Writing to you from sunny Southern California. I also have mantle cell lymphoma (the blastic type) and have gone through a similar treatment as you. I was only able to do two rounds (AB, AB) of the hyper CVAD. I was able to bounce back beautifully, but my blood counts were a different story.

    And I too just completed an auto stem cell transplant. I’ve been home from the hospital for one week and feel great, but I’m amazed at how TIRED I am and how the smallest excursion wipes me out. How long did it take before the fatigue started to dissipate with you?

    One more question: I noticed that you downloaded a spreadsheet. How do you do that?

    Susan from LA

  2. cthornby said

    Hi Susan

    Thanks for the visit and the comment. I’m sorry to hear you have MCL – it is a hard road, in some ways. I have the blastic type of presentation too.

    On the fatigue post transplant – I’m now on day +85 post-transplant, and still find that my store of energy is very small. I’ve just mowed the lawn, and that has left me plum-tuckered out for the day! I started to get enough energy for normal activities of daily living about 6 weeks after transplant, I guess. The fatigue wasn’t too profound until I tried to do something – then I knew about it!

    The spreadsheet was something I made up to while away the hours in hospital! I was given a chart to write my counts on, but as I had my laptop with me, I decided to turn it into a spreadsheet. I just used Excel, and uploaded it using the WordPress tool.

    Cheers, Colin

  3. Hello again Colin,
    It’s a bit “encouraging” to hear that it’s not just me being a wimp. I guess I shouldn’t be discouraged that I’m a sleepy-head just one week after coming home from the hospital. I have a decade and a half on you age-wise, but I like to think of myself as a young, fit 53.

    I don’t think blogspot has the same ability to add spreadsheets. I just double checked. Looks like that’s an advantage of using Word Press. I love to put all of my data on spreadsheets and line graphs too.

    I’ll continue to follow your “adventure.” I know we blastics tend to be a bit more nervous about the aggressive nature of our MCL.


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