The future is uncertain.
I’ve put this together as a way of sharing and remembering. Sharing with those that know me, and with others going through something similar. Remembering because it’s hard to keep track of all the changes that have taken place.
It’s also difficult to get your head round the fact that you really have been through every procedure, and it wasn’t just a bad dream. And a reminder, if one is needed, that we can’t expect life just to carry on as normal. There will be surprises, and not all of them welcome.
After treatment, there will be checks (biopsies, scans and scopes). The best result you can hope for is being in remission.
RADIO + CHEMO
I have had radiotherapy with adjuvant chemotherapy.
I then had surgery to remove the part of my bowel where the tumour was sited, plus the two lymph nodes attached. I lost the tumour, and gained an ileostomy, which means I have a bag on my belly for my waste matter.
After a month’s rest and recovery, I began six months of chemotherapy, which finished in September 2017.
I am now waiting for the final surgery to reverse the ileostomy. This won’t happen anytime soon, thanks to the austerity programme of George Osborne, Boris Johnson, Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt.