I’m a working man again, finally.

I’m back!

I am now finished my second scheduled “week” in work and I couldn’t be happier with being back. My first week last week was literally just one day, followed by 1.5 days this week, and I have a couple of 2 day weeks next. It’s great being back, I was so excited going in last Wednesday, excited, happy, relieved, motivated. I was definitely pleasantly surprised at the fact that I didn’t feel nervous or anxious about the situation at all, it just felt right.

There is quite a big recruitment process going on in my workplace at the moment meaning there are a lot of new faces so I really just mingled back in with the crowd with very little fuss which was great, although I did find it slightly awkward when other new recruits started asking questions when they realised I had worked there before as people were coming up to me welcoming me back, but I side stepped what I have been doing during the course of the last 3 years as best I could.

I had a good chat with my manager and team leader on the first morning and they couldn’t have been more reassuring about my return and making it as easy as possible for me until I get up to speed, my team leader said something to me from the offset which really made me happy and it put me at total ease. My workplace have been brilliant throughout the last few years, very supportive, and just made the whole process of my return as stress free as possible.

There are still a few people on my team which I worked with when I joined the company which is great, and they are being more than obliging with my reintegration, it’s certainly nice to see some familiar faces. The days have definitely been very tiring in there which is really emphasizing the importance of being phased in slowly, one thing I will say is that I can’t remember how long it’s been since I’ve had such a deep and long sleep like I am having on the nights after work, I absolutely conk out which just shows the impact my return to work is having on my body, but I’m loving the good sleeps!

So far I’ve really just been getting set up on the systems again and going through a bit of refresher training, oh and sifting through the 5,600 emails I had waiting for me, not that I deleted the bulk of them or anything. It was actually weird seeing emails that were sent to me on the afternoon I left work early to go to the GP for my MRI results back in August 2015, and never returned. Little did I know that day would change my life forever.

As for next week I’ll just be sitting in with my team and getting up to speed on everything. We have a Christmas party next month and I’m really looking forward to that because it will give me a better opportunity to catch up with my work friends outside of the working environment. I’m just so happy to be integrating with people again on a more regular basis, chatting about work stuff, football stuff, the weather, just the normal day to day chatter, it’s something I have missed severely over the last few years.

Otherwise, my goal is to try and get to Christmas without going out sick, but there isn’t a whole lot I can do about that, if I get sick I get sick and that’s it, I would just really love to make it to the Christmas holidays without picking up anything. I have my hand sanitiser and anti septic wipes in my drawer at my computer and that’s about as much as I can do, along with attempting to stay away from anyone who has a cold, or more worryingly the flu, but at the end of the day we all know what it’s like in an office during the winter when everything starts spreading, it’s hard to avoid it.

As for the traffic, I don’t know what has gone on in the last 3 years but the traffic has gone crazy, it took me an hour for the 9km drive in to work, that’s Dublin for you, but it’s definitely gotten so much worse over the last few years. It took me 18 minutes to drive home from work on my half day on Wednesday compared to the hour it took me to get in. I originally moved to Dublin in 2015 because I couldn’t handle commuting from Gorey anymore, so instead of driving close to 200kms a day I am only driving about 20kms, yet the time frame is not too different now. My temporary solution is to leave earlier and have breakfast in work which will save time on the road hopefully so I’ll see how that goes.

I’m just so happy that I have officially made it back, I’ve been waiting a long time for it, and now I’ll just cross my fingers and see if I can make it to the Christmas holidays without picking anything up. It’s another step in the right direction anyway. Someone commented on a recent post of mine mentioning how I should be very proud to have made it back to work at all considering what I’ve been through, and when I sat back and thought about what they said, it made me realise just how far I’ve come.

As always, Niamh likes to surprise me with a little celebration for these special occasions 🙂

The Never Give Up 5k/10k

In aid of the Irish Cancer Society

Just a reminder, the “really early bird” rate is currently available for both distances up until the 30th of this month. It’s the cheapest price you will be able to enter my event at, so why not sign up and make use of the discount. The event is chip timed, there is a medal for all finishers, a trophy for 1st, 2nd, 3rd male and female, and there are refreshments after 🙂

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The “Really early bird” discount

The Never Give Up 5k/10k

In aid of the Irish Cancer Society

Just a reminder, the “really early bird” rate is currently available for both distances up until the 30th of this month, 3 more weeks. It’s the cheapest price you will be able to enter my event at, so why not sign up and make use of the discount. The event is for a great charity, chip timed, there is a medal for all finishers, trophy for 1st, 2nd, 3rd for male and female in both distances, and there are light refreshments after 🙂

Please SHARE SHARE SHARE and help others by supporting this event.

https://www.popupraces.ie/events/never-give-up-5-10k/

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I’m finally back to work tomorrow!

Work

It’s finally happening, I am finally, finally returning to work, tomorrow infact. I left work early in August 2015 to go to my GP for the MRI results on my leg and that’s where my life took such a serious turn.

I will never forget the GP phoning me asking me to come in for my results and querying if anyone could come in with me. I nearly laughed off the suggestion with a dumbfounded confusion, why on earth would I want to bring someone in with me, well it never for a second came across my mind that I was about to be told I had a large tumor in my leg, needless to say I wasn’t the least bit aware!

That was me done for work for a long long time, of course when I was just about to return to work at the end of 2016 I relapsed, so the long wait continued. I was so close to returning in 2016 that I just couldn’t believe it was taken away from me again. Now here I am again, but a lot closer, I am due in work tomorrow for my first day and I’m SO excited, I can’t describe to you how excited I am. It wouldn’t be the same excitement as heading off on a nice holiday, but I am definitely excited. I can’t want to just get back to a routine again, to get to chat to more people on a daily basis, and to hopefully get my brain working at full capacity again.

I am returning on a phased basis to start with which is really positive, and each week my days will gradually increase as the weeks progress, in order for my body and my mind to once again get normalised to a working environment.

Expected Difficulties

I’ve been told that it’s not going to be easy, that it’s going to be physically and mentally exhausting for a while but I just don’t care about that, I will deal with that day by day, I am just happy to be getting back to it. It will definitely be the scenario that things will get a lot worse before they get better in terms of my mental and physical energy, but that’s ok, it’s a means to an end and I am as ready as I can be for it. I suppose my main concern really is the fact that its not the most ideal time to return to work as we are now going in to cold and flu season so it’s going to be really difficult for me to avoid picking things up in work, but I can only do so much, I just hope that it won’t affect my working days during the course of the winter.

I don’t feel anxious, I don’t feel worried or nervous, I am just excited, I seem fairly nonplussed about the whole situation which makes me happy. It’s a bit weird that I don’t feel nervous but I have a fair bit of self confidence in myself which helps, but we’ll see how it goes, I may think differently by the end of the day tomorrow. I think I have just been through so much worse over the last three years that it can’t be that bad. I literally can’t wait to just get in there to start work, to start meeting people again and having people to talk to on a daily basis, it will certainly be the final piece in relation to the isolation issues I have experienced over the last few years.

Being a marathon runner has really helped me through the last few years on both a physical and a mental level, the endurance levels a person needs to run a marathon is so important and it is something that has definitely been a factor in my battle and my recovery, it has helped to keep my body strong and my mind strong, and I guess it’s part of the reason why I am not worried about tomorrow, because I have really just built up an incredible strength through my battles.

As for now, I’m just off the phone with my manager, I am good to go for tomorrow, I got my hair chopped, my work clothes ready for the morning and I’m ready to go, so that’s it for me for now, time to relax for the evening, wish me luck!

For those of you who perhaps didn’t see that my event is up and running, I have the link for it below. It is an event I am holding next July in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, a 5k and a 10k road race around my home village in Inch Gorey, Co.Wexford. If you think you might be interested or possibly know someone that would be interested in taking part, the details are below, so spread the word, please register and help support this great event for a great cause.

https://www.popupraces.ie/events/never-give-up-5-10k/

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The Never Give Up 5k/10k (In aid of the Irish Cancer Society)

It’s Finally Live

I’m absolutely delighted to announce that the Never Give Up 5k/10k is now officially open for registration, a 5k and 10k road race in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

It’s a project I have been thinking about and slowly working on since I was ill in hospital. While I was recovering after my first diagnosis I wanted to think of a way to bring about something really positive out of such a harrowing experience, and that’s when I thought about organising a running road race for charity. I wanted to combine my love for running and raising money to help others.

Before I had a chance to actually get going with the project I relapsed, so I didn’t get to do very much on it except think about it, plan it in my mind, my main focus at the time was getting through the treatment and the transplant. During my recovery I thought it was time to get it going again, the only thing is, at that point I really didn’t know if it would be a fun road run, or a memorial run, and that was kind of scary, but I decided that regardless I would go ahead and get it going. I always knew that if things didn’t go my way that I would have a few close friends who could take over the project for me and finish what I started.

Thankfully I’m here to finish what I started and I just can’t put in to words how excited I am about it all. It’s a big undertaking for me but one which I will thoroughly enjoy, and I know I will have lots of support along the way to make sure it will be a success. As it’s a brand new event, I will be asking everyone to share the event and spread the word to help ensure I can raise as much money as possible for the Irish Cancer Society. It was my goal to get the event up and running before my return to work next week and I managed that so I’m delighted.

There is a huge significance to the timing of this event, it will take place approximately 2 years since my post transplant all clear scan, and the reason why the 2 year mark is so significant to me personally is due to the nature of the aggressiveness of the cancer I had. My specialist explained that if I make it to the 2 year post transplant mark then it would put me in the very high percentage rate of long term survival. I feel like there would be no better way to mark such a special occasion than organising and holding this event, so come and join me on what will be a very special day.

The Details

The Never Give Up 5k/10k road race is a charity event in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

It is taking place on Sunday the 28th of July 2019 in the village of Inch, Gorey, Co.Wexford. There is a 5k and a 10k option to choose from and both take you on a scenic loop around the countryside, once for the 5k and twice for the 10k.

All proceeds of this event will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society, the national charity for cancer care here in Ireland.

“Since 1963 the Irish Cancer Society has grown into the national charity for cancer care, the leading provider of all information relating to cancer prevention, detection, treatment and support. We also advocate for improvements in cancer services and we are the largest voluntary funded of cutting edge cancer research in Ireland. We rely on the generosity of the public for 98% of our income.”

Here is a message from the Race Director, Chris Proby:

“In August 2015, just a few months after running the Manchester Marathon, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of non-hodgkins lymphoma cancer at the age of just 32. It was aggressive and I was in a bad way, but thankfully due to a heavy chemotherapy and radiation treatment schedule I got the all clear in 2016, unfortunately 9 months later I relapsed. After further chemotherapy, full body radiation, and a bone marrow transplant I eventually got the all clear again in June 2017. Needless to say it was an incredibly difficult and scary experience.

Running was a huge motivator to help me through the treatment, it helped to keep me focused and determined to win the battle, twice. While I was in hospital I promised myself that once I beat cancer I would combine my love for running and my difficult cancer experience to create something positive, which is why I have organised this event. So come and join me in my home village for a great morning out, on a beautiful scenic route where I first started running, for a very great cause.”

Registration Link

https://www.popupraces.ie/events/never-give-up-5-10k/

Facebook Event Link 

https://www.facebook.com/events/488922588260674/

Please spread the word and help me make it a day to remember for a very worthwhile cause.

Race Information

  • Event date: Sunday, July 28th, 2019
  • Registration: 9:30am
  • Start line briefing: 11:15am
  • Race start: 11:30am
  • Registration point: St Mogue’s Community Centre, Inch, Gorey, Co.Wexford.
  • Race start: 400 meters from St Mogue’s Community Center.
  • Race finish: Directly across the road from St Mogue’s and the car park.
  • AAI measured course.
  • Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd for men and women in both races.
  • Medals for all finishers.
  • Limited to 700 entries.
  • Parking available, please carpool where possible.
  • Light refreshments after the race.
  • Free entry option with a minimum amount raised on a sponsorship card.
  • Virtual run option on both distances for those who can’t make it, medal will be posted for any virtual run participants.

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