Several times when I’ve seen either my oncologist or pain consultant, I have been made aware of how mindfulness tactics help when having a pain flare up. For some folk this could be simply sitting in the back garden, reading (or at least try to), looking at a favourite painting/photographs. Anything that you can ‘loose yourself in’ and then be able to take your mind off the pain. For me, it’s music.

Earlier this morning I had a pain flare up, after taking my breakthrough medications, I tried a mindfulness tactic and it did help. It didn’t just help with the pain, it actually made me feel a bit better about myself.

I didn’t know that when I decided on my music for that morning it would take me on a journey, a very pleasant one down memory lane. It also opened up some really happy memories for me as well.

When I was looking to listen to something on Amazon Music, it was a new release that caught my eye: Dire Straits – San Antonio 1985.

In May 1985, myself and an old pal from Concorde Way Inverkeithing (a great wee street), the street I lived in until I was 21, went to see Dire Straits at Forest National Brussels Belgium.

We went on one of the music holiday trips that were advertised in the Sunday Mail years ago. This was in the dark ages, Thatcher was ripping the heart and soul out of the country, there was no internet and no low cost airlines.

I was 16 years old at the time and we had to get a train from Inverkeithing to London. We then got the coach from London to Brussels. The coach left right outside the London Weekend Television building. There was a handful of other stops to pick up fellow passengers going to the gig, then it was straight on to Dover for the ferry to Ostend.

When we were on the ferry, we got friendly with a group of Liverpool supporters going to the 1985 European Cup Final. What a laugh we had and what a decent bunch of guys. One of them was at the both of us to go to the cup final, as they had spare tickets. I was 16 and desperate to go, but then I just didn’t have the guts to go as I thought “how would I explain that one to my parents?”

This was the game on 29th May 1985 between Liverpool and Juventus at the Heysel Stadium Brussels. I remember getting back from that trip in time to watch the game. Like everyone else watching the game that night, I will never forget the dreadful scenes and the loss of lives and the 39 souls that died that night. When watching this, my mate called me (we stayed a door away) and said that the poor guy that offered us the tickets was on the pitch and he was receiving a really terrible beating. I will never forget how I felt at that moment, 10 minutes later we noticed that the guy was ok and he was being comforted by fellow fans and paramedics.

Back on the trip – Once we got of the ferry we stopped for a while in Ostend. This was around 08:00 and I was knackered as I had been drinking on the overnight ferry. I did sleep though when we were finally back on the coach to Brussels.

We had some spare time in Brussels before the gig. We went to see the Manneken Pis statue and it was covered with Liverpool and Juventus scarfs and tops.

There was a really good atmosphere in the centre of Brussels that day. Both sets of fans were in fine form partying with each other, the locals and tourists, like myself that day.

I really enjoyed myself in Brussels that day and it was then away to the gig. That whole Dire Straits Live in 85 Tour was heavily sponsored by Philips. This was at the time when CD players were the new kid on the block at the time within the hi-fi industry.

The gig that night blew me away and the CD I was listening to earlier today was the exact same set as they played that night in Brussels.

So whats Dire Straits and my trip to Belgium to do with my health problems? Two reasons automatically spring into my mind.

1. Mindfulness – Before listening to Dire Straits this morning my chronic pain level was 7 out of 10.

2. Side effects from medication: – I have problems with short term memory loss. This has been put down to the combination of medications that I take on a daily basis. It has also been linked with my depression.

Kirsty, my sister, and some friends have all commented about my long term memory and how I seem to remember a lot of things that happened years ago. Just like a short story about a gig I went to 32 years ago! What a gig it was.

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Have a good weekend. Kev

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I am 1 of only 15 people worldwide diagnosed with maligant myopericytoma. Life threatening surgery in October 2015 at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh saved my life. I am now trying to find the #14others diagnosed with this rare form of cancer. Please help me. https://about.me/kevin.oneil

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