Three months have passed since Joost's surgeons removed all of the tumour in his brain, and a little bit extra for good measure. The operation has left him partially paralysed and prone to epileptic fits, but he believed it was worth it if it gave him a chance to stay with his young family a few more years. Now the tumour is back, has grown from 0 to 4cms, the fits are an almost daily occurence, and the surgeons have declared the growth inoperable.
From tomorrow, Joost will start on a course of chemotherapy, 6 treatments at 3 week intervals, but he and his wife know it most likely will prolong his life with months, not years.
2007 looks set to become, in my own personal life history, The Year My Friends Died.