A few weeks ago I used my blog to offer my best wishes to Neal Keeling, the Manchester Evening News reporter who has covered fire for many years.
My best wishes were for his battle with cancer.
Neal has continued that battle - and boy, has it been a battle - and the truth is he doesn't know whether he has won it yet.
He has penned another remarkable piece and deployed all his (enviable) literary talents to explain and describe what he has been through.
Amazingly, he has been able to combine humour (yes - humour) with an incredibly honest exposition.
All of us have lost someone to this terrible disease. For many of us (me included) it's a very very scary thing , which if we can avoid thinking about or dealing with then we do (certainly I do).
But in a strange way Neal's writing has just taken the edge off that fear and many people will find it not only very helpful but also quite inspirational.
Have a look. And, by the way Neal, keep fighting!