"This year of 2014 is the Chinese year of the Horse and having being born in November 1942 makes me a horse. My wife Sheila was born in the Chinese year of the Monkey.
Three days ago my monthly hospital appointment with the consultant told me that my illness had advanced and that arrangements would be soon made for me to have a bone marrow biopsy and have a node sample taken from my lymph glands. I would then be given a course of chemotherapy.
While I know that the year 2014 will be a trying year when I will have to face a few rough tides, it is I believe one of the most significant years in my life. It is at such times that I truly appreciate that I am a content and happy person who found and married the best love of his life. I am also truly fortunate to have such loving family and friends around me and a support structure 'that one would literally die for.' This is my year; the year of the horse. What better year could there be to face and do battle with the tempestuous seas ahead?
I know that there will be some folk who read my posts who may think it somewhat strange to occasionally talk about one's earthly demise, but believe me it isn't as morbid as some may think it to be. All research indisputably shows that facing and talking about fears and the potential stress in one's life reduces the fear level, lowers the stress and facilitates better coping mechanisms to emerge. I intend to live the remaining moments of my life as stress free as I am able to" William Forde: March 15th, 2014