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Day 8

Free's picture

Today is Mum's eighth day in hospital following her most recent surgery. Hard to believe that this time last week she was in incredible post op pain. Now she is back to so much of what she could do before. Hoping she will be home and back in her own bed soon.


Free's picture

Mum's cancer has been like a rollercoaster, so many twists and turns, so many sudden, terrifying jolts. As her daughter,I emotionally ride the front carriage with her, but physically, I watch as helpless bystander as she goes through more than I could ever imagine having to endure. This week she had her third cancer surgery in three years, an emergency procedure that was totally unexpected. What was also unexpected were the horrendous medication side effects she had following the surgery.

The Kindness of Strangers

lawman's picture

Well...the journey has now really begun. I've had the PSA tests, the biopsy, the scans and the revealing one-on-one consultations. I've had the uncertainty. I've had the sleepless nights.

I have cancer. Wow. How cold those words look on a page. How emotional those words make me feel. Yet, in being able to say it, there is a calm freedom. Now that I know. Now I have to act.

Yesterday I met with the radiologist at the hospital. He was a calm, focused and friendly man. He gave me hope...


smartyaligatorpants's picture

time heals - not for me. time just makes my lonliness more prevelent and more isolating. i feel cheated and so alone. i hate it!!! there is no one, nobody and nothing to fill me.

Feeling Devastated

luckiestgirl's picture

After twelve months recovery myself, yesterday my husband was diagnosed with a superficial spreading melanoma stage 1A Clarks level 3 mitotic rate <1 and a nodular melanoma stage2C Clarks level 4 mitotic rate 10>. Referred to melanoma clinic. Waiting for phone call for appointment.


MARGNI's picture

Sorry, this might be a bit of a ramble. I should have written this kind of thing before. Hopefully it will give some hope to anyone with cancer - specifically locally advanced nsclc (advanced to lymphs in neck). I was first diagnosed in November 2013 after developing a cough on holiday. X-ray revealed enough for my GP to call it asthma. I thought no way, and asked for a CT scan. That told a very different story. Anyway things happened very quickly. 6 weeks of radical chemo-radiation therapy (concurrent - the best way, if you can stand it).

Blood test at one year

lɛftəʊvə's picture

PSA today is 4.4 same level as a year ago after the biopsy was carried out. Dropping slowly and Doctor is happy with it. Whereas I would like to see it well below 2.0. so it's all too slow for me to accept remission is here.

Weight loss to date is 10 kilos for no apparent reason. Blood tests were clear on anything abnormal. Have not bothered to buy new clothes so jeans look too big and I have progressed to a smaller belt and already gone down 3 holes sizes in that belt. I think the weight loss has stopped though as 74 kilos has been my weight for the last 3 weeks now.

Kippy1944's picture

I have been diagnosed with cancer cells in the oesophagus I was to have an operation to remove them only to find out at the last minute that they were also in my upper oesophagus so now I'm waiting to have another dye test to find out if an operation can go ahead having second thoughts and maybe like to look at other ways of dealing with this.

Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer

Chemosabe's picture

Hello there, my name is Gregory, 40 years young, and living and surviving stage 4 colorectal cancer, that started ts journey from my bowel, then it evaded border checks to end up in my liver, then crossed over into my lungs.

I was diagnosed September 19, 2014 and have had the endless rounds of chemo and on July 1, 2015, had a bowel and liver ressection. They took out a vast amount of liver and i also have a colostomy bag too. Yay!

Wanting to chat

Bg1970's picture

After recently being recently diagnosed non-small cell lung cancer (stage 3b) I am wanting to reach out to other men similar age to me who are battling this illness. I have the efgr mutation and have been taking tarceva since 1st July.

I am coping well on tarceva - I describe it as my one-pill per day miracle drug !

It's been a challenging time in my life. I am 44. Twice divorced and I have 3 beautiful children from my 2nd marriage who both inspire me to passionately fight on but who also bring out deep emotions in me when I am with them - being the fear of leaving them too early.

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