Thought for the Day 14 July, 2017


Thought for the Day 14 July 2017

Today I go for the second part of my annual medical check-up. This is the monitoring of the cancer that I had in 2008. It resulted because of an underlying condition in my gullet, which goes all the way from my throat to my stomach. I suffered a lot from reflux of stomach acid up into my gullet, which isn’t designed to cope with acid. As a result the surface skin cells mutate to cope with the acid, with the side-effect of becoming very susceptible to cancer. As I’ve mentioned, in a previous post, my cancer was removed before it could get into everything, and the underlying condition of the cells was eradicated in a series of operations until my gullet skin was back to normal. But I still have annual check-ups, using a procedure called a gastroscopy. Today I’m off to Unitas Hospital in Pretoria, where I will have an anesthetic. The doctor then will put a tube down my throat. It has a little light and a camera on the end that sends video to a screen so he can see what’s going on down there. He takes still photos as well so he can show me also. It’s quick – only about forty five minutes from going under to waking up again. And it’s the same doctor who removed the cancer so I have a lot of trust in him.

This all leads me to my thought for today:

“Having access to really good people creates a great deal of confidence.”

I realize just how lucky I am. And I wish the world was a place where everyone had the same access.

Cheers, Dave


About Dave Macfie

Dave Macfie is the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action. Dave’s qualifications include a double honors degree in mathematics and physics and a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude) His career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Sandi and three of his seven children. Dave loves addressing business performance challenges, reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, gardening and spending time with his family.

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