Geoff was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2002. He was a fit non smoking 56 year old who was still playing league squash and generally keeping fit, but from his teens he had been a drummer in numerous groups and had spent many hours playing in smokey clubs.
He had chemo and radiotherapy and in February 2003 he had his left lung removed. he progressed really well but sadly in August tumours appeared in his remaining lung. He started more chemotherapy which kept the tumours in check and in March 2004 he was put on a trial drug which worked until 2005 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He had radiotherapy and this shrank the tumour but we had been told it would grow back. He was always so positive, never once complaining, always cheerful.
His one wish was to stay at home to die and with the fantastic support of the local hospice at home service, the District nurses and Marie Curie nurses and all the doctors from our practice this was made possible.
Geoff passed away peacefully on October 10th 2006 surrounded by all his family and his favourite nurses.
His death has left an enormous space in all our lives, his children have lost the best Dad in the world who always had time for them. His Granchildren have been denied the love and pride he would have felt for them and I (his wife) have lost my best friend, my rock in fact my life.