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Many of you will know that Beckham Digital is made up of Carol and Barry, a team of two. Well, one half of that team is not very well now.

Carol has been diagnosed with Cancer in a couple of places, but it’s the spine that is causing her a major mobility problem and considerable pain. She has been in hospital for over 2 weeks, where Radiation treatment started on her spine. This is to target the cause of the pain. She has other Radiation treatments planned in the coming days and weeks.

The Radiation treatment is to deal with symptoms, and we expect Chemotherapy will also be started soon to tackle the main Cancer. She is now home where I can look after her and any further treatment will be done as a day patient.

As you can expect this news has turned our world upside down and will change what we have been doing over the years on our website.

By chance I had already been working on an idea for a new website for some time. Long before Carol’s diagnosis and in the next few days I will be sending out details via the May newsletter.

It’s enough to say here that the new site will offer all my video content free of charge. I’ll ask for a donation to help with costs, but that’s voluntary. Much of what we do has been a labour of love for some time, so this is a logical next step.

It will allow us to close our little internet business and take pressure off us both. The new website domain name is https://www.beckhamdigital.photo

I will have the old name  www.beckhamdigital.com.au  pointed towards the new site in a day or so, but I thought I would give my friends on the forum a heads up.

At the present time I intend to carry on doing what I enjoy, creating images and videos, because it gives me a purpose. I need to be with Carol all the time now, but that may change as the Radiation Treatment takes effect and she becomes more mobile.

Photography is something I need to distract me and I have been doing this so long now, it would be hard to stop.The finishing touches on the new site were done in a bit of a daze, so there will be typos and errors I’m sure. If you spot any, please let me know.

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Really sad news about Carol and I send her every good wish for a successful recovery. It is good to know, Barry, that you have a plan of action so you can keep focused on Carol's recovery and also keep your photography active.

Best wishes,

Mickp 

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Barry

Sorry to hear that Carols back pain was something more serious.

Important that you both keep positive and I'm sure that everyone who  uses your forum joins me in wishing her a speedy recovery

Regards

Andy

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This week Carol starts more Radiation treatment, this time on her pelvis area. However, she is still severely handicapped with the pain and hasn’t left the house since returning home from Hostpital. Pain is making getting into and out of a car very troublesome, impossible almost. So, we’ve had to book a disabled taxi that will take a wheelchair to and from the Hostpital. So, three days this week and two days the week after we will need specialist taxis to and from the Hostpital. 

Its not cheap, but it’s a practical way to get her to and from the Hostpital without pain. We hope this second batch of radiation will improve mobility, which is the biggest issue believe it or not. 

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Thanks for taking the trouble to keep us posted Barry when you and Carol obviously have so many other troubles at present. You are both frequently in our thoughts.

Best wishes

joan

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Joan.

To be honest, it helps a little to keep people informed. There is probably a lot of truth in that old saying that a troubled shared is a trouble halved.

Doreen

Thank you 

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Too true Barry. I have 3 close friends and my cousin who share the same grief as myself. I try to advise them to take up something new as none of them do anything only watch tv. I think of myself as being lucky to have studied most of my life to know what I know now especially the photography. Although I haven't been wanting to pick up the camera for a while I know it will come back. 

I completely agree with your first post on this topic and so very glad you are going to carry on with the photography, well what else would we do, we would end up like my friends and cousin. 

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I’ve kept busy with the new site, but also made a few videos too. A couple of new ones have been posted recently. I rarely watch TV these days, it’s garbage in my view. Very little of interest for me and I haven’t watched TV for about a year and even then it was the discovery channel. But, how many shark programs can you watch till they are boring too.

Not sure right now when i’ll Get out with the camera or drone, but we’ll see. 

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Today (Tuesday) is the last of 10 Radiation treatments and that will be a relief. They are designed to address the symptoms of the spine problem and therefore mobility. We’ll have to wait a week or so to see how effective it has been, but it seems fairly clear that Carol’s mobility is likely to be permanently impaired. This judging on the effects of the first 5 treatments.

However, she hasn’t been outside the house since we came back from Tasmania apart from hospital visits. So, our target now is to get her a bit better so getting in and out of the car is not an insurmountable problem as it has been.

We now have a 2 week wait to see the Oncologist, but that will give time for the radiation to do, whatever it’s going to do.

She still has a lot of pain, which is tolerable when she is static, but can get far worse when there is any movement. In and out of bed and to and from the bathroom is still a problem, but we are managing. 

 

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