S/V Banjo - Waltzing Round the Med

14 May 2015
27 March 2015 | Gosport
15 March 2015 | Gosport
18 February 2015
20 January 2015 | Gosport
23 December 2014 | Gosport
05 December 2014 | Cartagena
26 November 2014 | Gosport, HANTS
21 November 2014 | Gosport, Hants
09 November 2014 | Gosport, Hants
19 October 2014 | Fareham, Hants
29 September 2014 | Santa Ponsa
10 September 2014 | Palma
01 September 2014 | Santa Ponsa
29 August 2014 | Las Illetas
16 August 2014 | Palma
14 August 2014 | Mahon
11 August 2014
09 August 2014 | Salerno
06 August 2014

Change of Plan!

19 October 2014 | Fareham, Hants
I have not written on here because I'm not sure anyone would want to read a sailing blog where no sailing is done, no landfalls reached and there are no sunsets over the bay! However, lots of people have been asking me how Andy is so I'll do the latest medical report!

We have been amazed at the speed that things have been happening since we got back to the UK. We saw my brother's GP the day after we got back and he referred us to a renal specialist for the ? tumour on his kidney and a haematologist for his abnormal blood results and the pathological fracture of his spinal vertebrae. Within a week he had had a wrath of more complicated blood tests, a skeletal survey, bone marrow biopsy, CT and this week an MRI of his spine. The good news is that the kidney tumour is only a cyst with no sign of malignancy. The bad news is he definitely has multiple myeloma.

Treatment for this is pretty harsh. Starting in 10 days, he has to have monthly cycles of chemotherapy, steroids and an infusion to strengthen his bones. Lots of side effects as you can imagine but they'll give him tablets for that as well. There will be no hair loss as the doses are not huge which is a small bonus. After 4-6 months of this, he will have a bone marrow transplant and three months after that may/ should/will go into remission. We can then make future plans.

We're in a bit of a weird place as you can imagine. One day we are completely focussed on sailing the next bit of our trip home to Australia, checking weather sites, planning rendez-vous with other boats in different places, reading up on the Canaries and Cap Verdes, writing lists of what provisioning we'll need for 5 people for 20 days when we do the Atlantic crossing,where to go in the Caribbean. A few days later and we're in Portsmouth looking for a flat to rent and learning as much as we can about this disease and what to expect.

We're pretty positive and those of you who know Andy will know he'll crack this like he does everything. Thanks for all your messages and positive vibes!! Keep 'em coming plus any jokes, stupid videos and general ranting that you know he'll enjoy! And be sure he'll be doing the same!

The photo above,by the way, is sunset over the Solent! Not taken from our boat and might not be the Med but pretty fabulous just the same!

Vessel Name: Banjo
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour 32
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: Andy Doughty/Jane Jarratt
We are Brits but moved to Australia in 2007 and became True Blue Australians in 2014! We bought our first boat, Drimia, in St Maarten in the Caribbean back in 2009 and sailed her back to Australia over nearly a year. [...]
Extra: 17/02/15 In September 2014, illness made us give up our trip and go back to the UK for treatment. Andy has myeloma and had to have chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. He is now in remission.
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/svbanjo

Who: Andy Doughty/Jane Jarratt
Port: Sydney