About my blog

CLL is the acronym for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia. CLL is the most common cancer of the blood. However, unlike many other leukaemias, CLL is incurable. Innovative research is desperately needed to provide treatments which are more effective than the derivatives of chemical warfare agents currently in use. Research however costs money.

In 2009 I walked from John o'Groats in the north east of Scotland to Land's End in the south west of England. Hence the acronym JOGLE. The purpose of my walk was to make more people aware of this insidious disease and to encourage them to sponsor me by donating to the research groups I was supporting. It was a most enjoyable experience and I met some wonderful people. Together we raised over 2000 pounds for the cause. Thank you everyone!

In, 2010, the blog was being continued for those who may have be interested in following my walking holiday in Wales. This was not a charity walk.

Sadly this year, 2013, Alan Frost, a senior member of the Wednesday Loafers, our cancer support group, passed away. Many medics will tell you that CLL can be cured by a bone marrow transplant. Alan had battled with the cure for many years. More research is needed, but significant progress has been made since I started this blog.

CLL is still killing my friends. The organizations listed at the side of this blog would welcome any contributions you would like to make towards their research.

Please feel free to pass on the details of this site to anyone you think may be interested. The link is www.cancerwalker.com

Friday, July 17, 2009

Day 11 Inverness Campsite

Managed to get into my tent for the night before the rain started. Still raining when I woke, so I spent another two hours in 'bed'. Warm and humid - midge bites still itching. At 9am it was dry enough to walk into Inverness. At one time I thought that I was looking at the river in the distance, but it turned out to be flooding on the road!

I tried to get my pack repaired by a cobbler but he couldn't get the stitching in near enough to support the rods. Had two goes and said that as he couldn't guarantee what he had done there would be no charge. Found another cobbler, who put in a bit more stitching in the pack harness and he charged me 4 pounds. I have not too much confidence the stitching will hold, so I will not be able to tension the straps to fit the pack snugly to my back. However it should be better than having a 3 inch steel spike sitting near my buttock.

I am now going to try and buy some small quantities of soap, shampoo and foot powder to last until Pitlochry. I leave for Tomatin tomorrow, where I hope to get into the one and only B&B. I intend travelling along General Wade's military road.

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