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About as Bad as it Gets.

See this smiling chap. This is me getting out for a walk with some friends. Totally against the rules but to be honest I don’t really care. A nice sunny day for a couple of miles around Baal Pit. I arranged it for 1pm. We were a bit late because we spent a bit more time at hospital than expected. The silver lining is I have a chemo holiday for a couple of weeks. The cloud is the old chemo has had no impact on my cancer so I’m about to start some far more brutal treatment.

In the scheme of things this is about as bad as it gets. My best hope was for a couple of years, maybe more instead its 12 months probably less.

Needless to say this isn’t an easy update to write. Tricia and I have spent the last few hours speaking to our families and those who don’t need to find out by reading this. I, without reservation, apologise if I missed you out.

12 people joined me for the walk this afternoon and I got 12 proper hugs. I needed them all. And I need a lot more.

We have some stuff to process which will take a little while so I may go quiet for a couple of days but I still have a lot to say so I’ll be back soon. I’m going to be as active as I can be especially for the next couple of weeks before the next treatment starts.

So for those of you that reside in our tier one area I’m not dead yet and I’m up for most things.

This evenings sky. Lovely!

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23. Sept. 2021

Thanks forr the post

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Hi Neil - I really admire your Courage, You are an Inspiration to All those that know You.

We have always been taken with your Infectious Smile and Kindness both at Work and as a Friend.

Tricia is an Amazing Support and is Always by your Side.

It is hard for me to write this Neil as I have had a Lot to go through over the last 4 Years.

I just want you to know that we do think of you and your Name comes up in Conversation Numerous times.

As you Face the next Stage We are All behind you and know that you are a Great Fighter.

Our Love to You Both & All the Family.


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Teresa Andrew
Teresa Andrew
26. Nov. 2020

Neil - you are a fighter and I am sure that you will be with us for many years to come! You have a wonderful wife who is just amazing and because you have the best wife ever I am so positive that you will be free of your cancer before long.

I admire your positive outlook on life and how you and Trish are making everyday so very special. We all take life for granted until we become ill or fear; you are a fighter Mr Bate and I would love one day to come along for a walk with you and Trish. Lots of Love to you and Trish xxxxxxxxx

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You know that all of us are you’re biggest fans, and you’re never alone. You are one of the most positive couples I know. We are here for both of you ❤️

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26. Nov. 2020

Dreadful news, remarkable that you're still smiling. All best wishes and stay as positive as possible but clearly that won't be easy.

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