Hi I’m a new member here after being dianoised on the 26th nov with stage 1b1 cervical cancer.
Bit of background history, I lost my sister to cervical cancer which was a horrendous time for all the family and if I’m totally honest iv never got over it properly and find it very hard to talk about. Because of this it made me to scared to go for smear tests so basically I put it to the back off my head and shut it out so to speak. I hadn’t had a smear test for 14 years ( I’m 36 now) which I know is totally stupid but I was to scared off the outcome. I’m been single for quite a while but met a guy who seemed nice and after bleeding when I slept with him I know something wasn’t right and forced myself to go for a smear. I was scared of the results but my gut feeling was right. So in a way I’m lucky its early stages as I’m fully aware it could be a totally different story due to not having smears. Anyway the rollarcoaster journey has started for me and I’m at the below stage which is scaring me silly.
I’m booked in on the 18th dec for the above operation which to say I’m scared off is an understatment! I’m more worried about the effects to my bladder/bowel after the operation, I have been told I will go home with a wee bag ( so sorry I don’t know the correct name) which will stay in for about 2 weeks then it will come out to see if I can go on my own.
Please can I have some good stories/outcomes with the above operation please, mainly how you find your bladder/bowels now you have recovered from it?
I know you could say the long term effects after the operation are nothing compaired to what could happen if the cancer wasn’t found which I understand and the operation needs to be done to clear the cancer but I’m such a active person with 5 horses and always outside busy, it really is going to hit me hard afterwards with the recovery.
And it sounds stupid but iv never had a general before and I’m scared of not waking up.
Tbh I feel a bit silly posting here as there are such strong incredible people on here going through a lot lot worse then what I am, and I admire you all with how you all cope. Big hug to everyone and hopefully somebody can give me some posative stories.