Thanks to those of you who left such nice responses to my last post. This wasn't something that I was expecting when I wrote it.
I have little more to add for now. In fact, I'm far too busy at the moment to spend time dwelling on the matter, and I'm also not too sure how comfortable I feel in revealing so much information via the internet. My health, for many personal reasons, is something deeply personal to me. I'm also not much of a dweller on things that I fundamentally can't control.
In the meantime, life must go on...in all of its blue sky, irony and clouds of silver lining...