19th May 2016 – 6years on – going strong – post on the day with photo.
14th July – 60 years young! 😉
A few aches and pains, and otherwise going well.
A whole lot healthier than most others who got a terminal cancer diagnosis 5 years ago.
Thanks to a plant based diet and lots of vitamin C and a good helping of good old fashioned determination.
19th May 2015 – 5 years on – alive and well
Did this presentation 5 days ago:
my TedTalk at the Kaikoura Health expo
15 June 2014
Nursing a broken collarbone after tumbling off my mountain-bike, but otherwise well.
6th November 2013
Feeling like possibly I have too many fingers in too many pies.
List of current roles:
president Kaikoura Boating Club – don’t do much boating at present
president NZ Recreational Fishing Council – don’t rec fish any more
member Our Fishing Future establishment committee – as above – interested in management
treasurer Te Korowai o te Tai o Marokura – Kaikoura coastal guardians – still love this place and its ecology
chairman Kaikoura Zone Water Committee – again love the ecology and people of this place
minutes secretary Kaikoura branch Forest and Bird – as above
CEO Solution Multipliers NZ Ltd – have to have some money somehow – have some substantial work I need to schedule in quickly
member of Kaikoura Golf Club – love playing golf, gets me out of the house, but need to give it a break to let my sternum heal.
active in No Drill Kaikoura – because I assess the risk reward ratio for deepwater drilling in this seismically active zone is just too high – it is too dangerous – but not to those making the profits
active at A New Gaia website creating seeds of new possibity for humanity
member of Lifeboat Foundation – mitigating existential risks to humanity
plus running my own sites – this one, solnx.org, ngatiao.com and the Te Korowai site teamkorowai.org.nz
Think it is getting time for a change. I need a bit more space in my life.
Home from a holiday in central Otago and feeling good.
December 29th 2011
Back a little sore, probably spending too much time in chair on keyboard, rather than out doing things. Over a week since I was last on the golf course.
Got through the christmas period without breaking diet this year – now over a year as a strict vegan.
I am using salt normally – on the no salt diet my blood pressure got so low that I was fainting too often, and I decided the danger from hitting my head on something sharp as I fell, far outweighed anything else. I never have had high blood pressure, always low, got down to 80/60.
Still asking myself big questions about future directions.
Let’s see what answers the new year delivers.
September 25th 2011
Feeling great. Had a CAT scan two days ago, no results yet – expecting them Friday, and feeling good anyway.
Played 4 under my handicap at golf today – even with taking 4 hits to get out of one bunker.
Jewelz seemed to have a great time in Brisbane, looking forward to seeing her again tomorrow night.
Rain on the roof right now, nice to be inside and out of it.
July 25th 2011
It’s snowing outside (we’re at 300ft above sea level, and this is unusual), the fire is going, and it is warm inside. Feeling great!
September 26th 2011
Just got an email from my oncologist:
I’m awaiting the formal report but have had a quick look at the scan myself – it looks good, certainly the liver lesions visible last year have resolved and I can’t see any obvious evidence of melanoma deposits elsewhere. I’ll call you when the formal report is through (hopefully Wednesday).
Feeling good. No further signs of tumours at this point.
Sticking to the Vit C regime of 2g at least 5 times a day.
Still strict vegan.
Have started using salt again, and blood pressure has recovered. Got to a low of 80/65 in Jan (after 8 months without salt) – was fainting a lot. Feeling strong again now.
Ailsa’s broken leg is giving me lots of cooking and housework.
Still alive and kicking.
Found a little lump on my left shoulder on 12th March, went to local GP on 15th March and he cut it out – about the size of a pea. Histology report showed it was spindle-shaped melanoma cells.
I had eased up on the Vitamin C, but am now back on Vitamin C at least 3 times a day.
Feeling good, even as the temperatures start to drop.
Not free of it it seems, but as long as I keep the vitamin C up, it seems that I can keep it in check.
As at 17 Feb 2011 I am feeling well.
My last checkup was on January 18th, at Christchurch public Hospital, by my surgeon (Stewart Sinclair) and there was no sign of any cancer.
It seems like I may be free of it.