I am very sad that Kev's original request for support has degenerated into "he said, she said, they said".
I didn't think ahead to the successful result of this petition and what troubles it could cause.
The way things work in this country (or seem to) even with 10,000 signatures, the powers that be will still do their own thing.
I was just hoping that Kev's petition would gain enough support for it to raise questions and awareness.
I signed the petition because a very brave man asked for my support at a time when he knows his own life it limited and he wants to try and make sure that other men and their families don't suffer like he and his family are.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of the wording of this particular petition, squabbling among ourselves will taint the goodness, the effort and the willingness of a terminally ill man to change the system for others.
Emotive response? Course it was.
Do I regret signing? Course I don't
My daughter in law at 27 was told she didn't need an urgent appointment for her breast lump because of her age.
It was aggressive stage 4 cancer and she had a mastectomy (eventually)
My daughter from the time she was in her twenties would approach the GP with bowel problems, again nothing to worry about, at your age it's IBS and that's what she was treated for. Result, aggressive colo rectal cancer at 38 and now has a colostomy bag.
My grandson's constant throat problems were put down to childhood ENT problems. Loads and loads of antibiotics later. Result?
Inoperable naso pharyngeal carsinoma at just 13.
It shows that GPs don't always get it right.
Probably changing the wording to this petition would give it greater success. ie making sure that GPs actually stick to the protocols regarding men at 50 or those with familial cancers.
Kev will learn a lot from formulating this one, from reading the comments from Lyn and others.
If he has the energy and time is kind to him, perhaps he'll do another one that is more likely to succeed.
But please, people, can we not give credit where it's due and give Kev a thumbs up for even trying?
I could cry with frustration this morning that this is happening to us all.
I can only hope that this family, like our "normal" family spats passes over and doesn't leave a lasting legacy of tension.
We are, after all, all in this together, for better, for worse (bit like marriage eh and that has it's ups and downs doesn't it?)
Let's agree to disagree.
Lyn always makes a lot of sense in what she says. You don't have to agree with her, but her knowledge is based on experience and facts.
Quantum, I sincerely admire the efforts you have made to make people aware of this disease and well done for trying to get your company on board.
I don't doubt the sincerity of both of you, or any of the "fors" or "againsts".
Kev, well done anyway and I hope the response to your petition gives you a much needed boost