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Podcast 291 : Tumor Update – I’m Doing Great!

It's been some seven weeks since I released my last Podcast episode. If you listened to the last few episodes, you'll have heard that we found that I had a brain tumor. I released a couple of blog posts in the week or so before the surgery, but since the...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Jon Sheer
    Posted at 13:44h, 27 July Reply

    Awesome mate–the gods of photography simply won’t allow you to die, because you have so much work left to do on their behalf ๐Ÿ˜‰ Keep up the recovery and the good spirits–you’ll be right as rain in no time and ready to go for a shoot with yours truly ๐Ÿ˜€


  • Leejo
    Posted at 17:20h, 27 July Reply

    Great to hear from you again Martin.
    Wishing you a speedy further recovery.

  • David Kelly
    Posted at 18:02h, 27 July Reply


    Thanks for sharing your experience of going through such an event in this insightful post – very glad to read that things have worked out well for you during it all. As you say, I’m sure all sorts of people will land here in days / months / years and be able to take hope, strength and courage from your words & experience.

    Continued best wishes, thoughts & prayers for a full recovery, getting back out there and working towards those ‘wishlist’ trips to Iceland & Africa ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care,


  • Susan M
    Posted at 21:52h, 27 July Reply

    G’day Martin,
    It is very nice to have you returning to your communications with us, slowly but surely. I have also been reading Twitter.
    It is such a lovely story about the bonuses you have received: Snoring cured and hopefully eyesight heaps better.
    The photography community is faithful and caring. I love that.
    Best wishes and prayers for continuing recovery.

  • Susan M
    Posted at 21:54h, 27 July Reply

    BTW Nice picture there with your bruvver ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • kkjensen
    Posted at 22:45h, 27 July Reply

    Take it easy and mend up good and proper! Don’t push yourself to exhaustion, especially not now.

    I was rolling on the ground at the ‘we just had a conversation with a BRAIN SURGEON!” part….hilarious! Great to hear you have family and friends close.

    Keep your chin up.


  • Jason V
    Posted at 22:53h, 27 July Reply

    Glad to hear that you’re doing better! I’m sure that your Wife is relieved also! You’re a real fighter, and can’t wait to see what you do in the next couple of years. You’re an inspiration.

  • John Cliffe
    Posted at 23:32h, 27 July Reply

    Absolutely awesome post Martin.
    After reading this I totally agree with your neurosurgeon, your IQ is up there with the best. Your ability to have pinpointed every little nuance along the journey is inspiring and I have no doubt whatsoever that many folks will be helped with Google searches as you intimated.
    You have travelled a journey that will inspire many people and I am so amazed at your ability to have chronicled every stage so clearly. I found, with my own Prostate cancer journey, sharing the experience with others in the same boat has a tremendously positive effect on them.

    As I said in other posts, you still have many great photos to produce so we need you to continue so we can all be constantly amazed by your very clear photographic eye.

    Continue to get better my son. We all eagerly await those great shots of the future.


  • Ibarionex
    Posted at 00:24h, 28 July Reply

    Great to hear you back on the feed. I’m so pleased to hear about your recovery. Keep it up, my friend. I look forward to seeing the pictures you will be making soon. I’m sure they will be remarkable. You are awesome.

  • John Cliffe
    Posted at 10:40h, 28 July Reply

    Hi again Martin.

    Here’s a thought, completely out of left field.

    You might, at some stage, consider writing a book from your podcasts.including the one above.

    Suggested title: “A photographers journey.”

    The story of your journey from Sheffield to Japan could be quite inspiring to many fledgeling photographers and even seasoned guys.


    PS: Most of the work is already done. It is in your

  • Jared Fein
    Posted at 12:06h, 28 July Reply

    I am so happy for you and your wife that this ordeal has had such a good outcome. I was quite moved by your detailed well written account of what and how things unfolded and admire how well you were able to face this very scary challenge Martin. I really wish you the best of success as you now move forward with your life and your goals. I and many others look forward to your return to our community!!!


  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 18:21h, 28 July Reply

    Thanks so much for all of these wonderful comments all!

    I’ve been able to get through this so much more easily with all of your well wishes and support. I’ll continue to treasure these comments as well as all of those to the previous posts.

    John Cliffe: Yes, I have thought of that. Nuff said for now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You are all amazing!


  • Cristian Predut
    Posted at 20:12h, 28 July Reply

    Hey Martin,

    What you’ve been trough is amazing especially because your positive attitude about that – with I think will also help with a faster recovery. Sharing this with us is a big reminder of our meaning as human beings on this planet (with possibly make us take a better and more meaningful photos). I didn’t know what happened to you (before today), but I can only say that I was really glad to see a new podcast from you in my iTunes player. All the best and luck for you ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Terry Hull
    Posted at 00:25h, 29 July Reply

    This podcast was astonishing. I’m so completely grateful that you’ve come through all of this as well as you describe. I’ve learned from and enjoyed your information in the past, and am relieved to be able to do so in the future.

    VERY best wishes.

    Terry in Iowa – USA

  • dav.d
    Posted at 05:26h, 29 July Reply

    So glad to know that you are on the mend and that you have wonderful family and friends to support you as you recover.

    Can’t wait to see your photography once you are able to get out and about.

    Love your podcast as well!

  • t.linn
    Posted at 08:39h, 29 July Reply

    This is the great news I’ve been waiting to hear, Martin. I thank God for your recovery and look forward to future podcasts and more of your photography. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a podcast more!

    I also must say that you look a little like the Picasso verson of yourself in that image of you and Sean… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Frank Doorhof
    Posted at 16:53h, 30 July Reply

    All the best from the Netherlands.
    Hope it stays positive.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 19:31h, 30 July Reply

    Thanks all for your continued messages of support and well wishes!

    t.linn, that’s very funny, the Picasso version of myself… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Frank, thanks for stopping by! I certainly didn’t expect to see you here, but I really appreciate it!


  • Beatrice M
    Posted at 22:38h, 30 July Reply

    So glad to see you in such wonderful spirits and with the added bonus of seeing well and no more snoring. I am glad you got through this ordeal with such wonderful support from your family, friends and medical staff.

  • Bruce
    Posted at 23:21h, 30 July Reply

    Welcome home Martin,

    I wish you all the best as you recover and look forward to seeing your stunning images into the futere!
    Regards, bruce

    p.s…. Have you booked that trip to Africa yet ๐Ÿ˜‰ …

  • Peter Riley
    Posted at 07:06h, 31 July Reply

    Hi Martin

    I’m so glad to see that you are recovering quickly. You’ve got such a big heart and I’m sure that has played a big part in getting through all this. Keep well and all the very best.

  • Andreas
    Posted at 08:16h, 01 August Reply

    Hi Martin,

    good to hear that you are doing well. I was really impressed with your very open description of what happened. This will help many other people, weather there are in a similar situation or not.
    Not the wind delivers the directions but the sail!


  • Al Woodcock
    Posted at 05:28h, 03 August Reply

    Hi Martin, I was on vacation for a month with my ancient iBook which could not navigate your web site so I had to wait till today to hear the podcast and download my Alive photo.

    Your story is an inspiration to all surgery patients, no matter what the procedure. The detail of your experience was amazing and my respect for the Japan medical system has improved 100%. Glad you had so much in-person support. Your wife must be a tower of strength. She is rewarded by many things, including a good night’s sleep now that your snoring is gone.

    Look forward to your future podcasts.

  • Forrest Brown
    Posted at 00:14h, 05 August Reply

    Hi Martin, I hope for your full and speedy recovery.

  • Joe Johnson
    Posted at 01:27h, 19 August Reply

    I heard about your tumor a couple weeks ago and just read this blog. I’m very happy to hear that you are doing so much better!
    All the best to you and your wife.

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  • Daniel Chiosila
    Posted at 05:08h, 22 September Reply

    Hi Martin,
    I discovered your podcast a week ago and since then all my free time was full of many many wonderful discoveries related to photography, I’ve learned so many things. I’ve started from the first podcast and now I am listening to the 48th one, but somehow today I came across your post, A Reminder of Our Transience. I was in shock all day and only now, in the evening, I’ve heard the good news. I am happy that the surgery went well and you are felling better and better! I live in Romania and if you’ll ever come here for some shooting I’ll be happy to be your guide and take you to the most beautiful locations here ๐Ÿ™‚ I am grateful for all that you are doing, you are such a wonderful human being!
    Wish you all the best,

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 09:19h, 22 September Reply

    Thanks so much for the continued comments all!

    Three months on now, and I’m really doing so much better now. I just have to fix the still raw area in the back of my nose, where they went in to do the surgery, then I’ll be 100%!

    I hope to be working in the field again from October, and really looking forward to taking jobs again.

    Daniel, I’m sorry for keeping you in shock for a day, but pleased it wasn’t long before you found this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the offer of guiding us in Romania. I’d love to visit at some point. I’ll let you know if I do.

    Really everyone, I can’t tell you how much your kind words and prayers have helped me over the last three months. Thank you all so much!!


  • Lovelyn
    Posted at 07:48h, 02 November Reply

    Thanks for sharing your story. I recently found out that I have a prolactinoma and found this podcast while searching for information about it online. I’m glad your doing well now. Stories like yours are encouraging.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 12:36h, 02 November Reply

    I’m sorry to hear about your prolactinoma Lovelyn, but I’m pleased you found my post.

    If you require surgery, do try to find a hospital that can perform the surgery through your nose, using high definition video endoscopy. The procedure will always carry risk, but you stand a much better chance of getting through it without any nasty side effects with the right team on your side.

    If you can remove the tumor with medication, then don’t worry too much about that. I’m currently taking medication twice daily to get rid of the cyst that is left, and it’s already 1/10th the size it was before the surgery. It’s amazing what can be done these days, as long as you can find the right doctors.

    The best of luck to you. My prayers are with you Lovelyn.

  • Elis Alves
    Posted at 02:53h, 04 February Reply

    Hi Martin,

    I had read last year how you had found out about the tumor on your blog and I’m glad to come back and find that you are doing much better! Blessings to you and your wife and all the best in your work!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:44h, 04 February Reply

      Yes, thank you Elis, I’m doing really well. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have found a team of amazing doctors that seemed to have made all the right decisions.

      In January I had a six month MRI to find that the golf ball sized cyst that was left in my brain because it was too dangerous to remove, has now shrunk down to just a tiny bit of membrane thanks to the medication. It’s no longer putting any pressure on my brain, and will probably disappear altogether in the coming months. This is such a relief, and all down to the amazing doctors that helped me through this.

      Thanks for checking back in, and all the best to you and your family too!


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