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I'll make this page short to spare you too much detail about my illness.  It's not particularly exciting anyway, but it is relevant to my work.  Besides, if you wish to know more then please get in touch.

I was born on June 26th, 1972.  With my diagnosis in January 2020 I suddenly became a Double Cancerian.  I'm not sure whether that term existed before now.

Dan W Griffin

On the day I learned my diagnosis was quite a bit more shite than I had hoped, many thoughts entered my head and began to roll around and crunch and pop and bang and whir and ping.

One of them was, 'Bugger', but another was a line from the movie, Shawshank Redemption:

Get busy living, or get busy dying

It was good advice.

First on my Bucket List was a trip somewhere to see an active volcano.  It didn't matter where.

I have long been fascinated by their ferocity and their beauty; the brilliant reds and oranges and yellows and blacks.  And I have often been glued to documentaries on YouTube as they showed footage of fountains of lava rocketing into the sky.  To see one in real life has been a long-time dream.  But then Covid hit. 

The pandemic began a few short weeks after I had an operation and half a lung lopped-out.  Suddenly any and all plans for anything whatsoever went immediately onto the shelf as I was advised to shield.  

To be honest, although I perceive myself as someone who is generally rather rational, with all the headlines and the buzz, some fear most definitely settled in.

Since I could not go to the volcano, the volcano would have to come to me, and that was the inspiration behind my imaginings of lava lakes and our volcanic Earth.


I have continued to produce such imaginings, and enjoy exploring new elements of the natural world.

In late 2020 I began a series describing the human impact on the natural world.  Take a look HERE.

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So, it turned out my cancer was a little more than quite a bit shit.  It was very shit; a rare DNA mutation known as ROS1.  It's terminal.  There is no cure.  Still, 'could've been worse.

I had long thought my ultimate demise would be something silly: a grand piano dropping out of the sky as I exit the local Greggs; a (hopefully) miss-hit golf ball thwacking into the side of my head as I walk past Bath's Pitch and Put... you know: that sort of thing.

It may still be either of those, but it made me think of another item on my bucket list: skydiving.  Maybe that'll be the way I go: landing on a pitchfork in a haystack in the middle of a field?

I booked it despite the pandemic.  And because they have been so supportive to me since my diagnosis, I decided to raise some money for MacMillan to say Thank you.  

I made the jump at the end of June 2021.  We made a video, and so to watch it and find out more please click the link.


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Lockdown in 2020 had an upside: the weather.

March and April 2020 were amazing, so I took off on my motorcycle as soon as I was recovered from the operation and as often as I could.  

The roads were all but empty and so I would spend as much time as possible exploring new places and finding idyllic rivers to sit next to and enjoy a cup of tea while watching nature do its thing.

I thought a lot about the time I had left and how I wanted to spend it.  

I knew I wanted to create art.  And so I did.

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