What have the Romans ever done for us?

what have the Romans ever done for us?

what have the Romans ever done for us?

………. apart from better sanitation, and medicine, and education, and irrigation, and public health, and roads, and a freshwater system, and baths, and public order …….  🙂

Well they also left us the outstanding Hadrian’s Wall which is the first topic of today’s blog.  In Jan 2014, the oldest piece of paper in my ‘in tray’ was a newspaper article about the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall – it’s dated 28 Sep 2003.  When I read it, I warmed to the idea of doing it but procrastinated for over 10 years.   To cut a long story short, Chris and I are going to walk this wall 26 – 31 May to raise funds for PLANETS Charity and to raise awareness of Neuroendocrine Cancer. (After note – we made £4,000).


Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different routine day to day bodily processes.   Hormones are powerful. It takes only a tiny amount to cause big changes in cells or even your whole body. That is why too much or too little of a certain hormone can be serious.  

Those who read previous blogs will have seen the unusual nature of Neuroendocrine Cancer. Neuroendocrine cells are specialised cells throughout the body that release hormones into the blood when they are stimulated by nerves.  Neuroendocrine tumours release excess amounts of hormones which can not only create imbalances in the body’s normal function but they can also go on to cause significant damage.  See ‘Does my flush beats yours’   http://wp.me/p4AplF-2w


This is one of a few common sites for a primary Neuroendocrine Tumour and where mine was found.  The primary tumour was initially described as a ‘mass’ due to a combination of its size, its encroachment into surrounding tissue and organs/lymph nodes and no doubt some fibrosis thrown in for good measure.  This was removed with surgical procedures called a ‘right hemicolectomy’ and a ‘mesenteric root dissection’, followed by a ‘superior mesenteric vein reconstruction’ (the disease was blocking this vein).  Thank you Mr Neil Pearce.


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p.s. all views here are my own and not intended as medical advice.

p.p.s  for those who remember or have not viewed the ‘what have the Romans ever done for us’ scene in Life of Brian – here’s a preview.    



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