A few weeks ago I used my blog to offer my best wishes
to Neal Keeling, the Manchester Evening News reporter who has
covered fire for many years.
My best wishes were for his battle with cancer.
Neal has continued that battle - and boy, has it been a battle -
and the truth is he doesn't know whether he has won it yet.
He has penned another remarkable piece and deployed all his
(enviable) literary talents to explain and describe what he has
Amazingly, he has been able to combine humour (yes - humour)
with an incredibly honest exposition.
All of us have lost someone to this terrible disease. For many
of us (me included) it's a very very scary thing , which if we can
avoid thinking about or dealing with then we do (certainly I
But in a strange way Neal's writing has just taken the edge off
that fear and many people will find it not only very helpful but
also quite inspirational.
Have a look. And, by the way Neal, keep fighting!