Hello All. I've had a few messages saying that you've noticed I've not been on in a while, It's time to update you all on whats been happening.
I had been waiting on biopsy being done but I ended up in hospital a month ago with pains in my lower abdomen.
I had a scan, a month after the previous scan which showed a 'thickening' (as they like to call it) The new scan showed significant changes in that it has sprad to a few sites in the lining or soft tissue of the bowel. It has caused the bowel to block badly and I've spent a month overall in hospital trying to relieve the symptoms and to get the bowels to work again. There is great discomfort in all this and so far the bowels are not in good working order.
Surgeons are of the opinion at this point that surgery is not suitable to remove the cancer as it is not all in one area. Neither can they drain the fluid which is causing me great discomfort as again it is not all in one place.
They have let me 'out for the weekend' to spend some time at home before going back to the MacMillan unit I am currently staying at. I have seen the oncologists and they want to proceed with Chemo starting Tuesday. As I am not physically strong, they are giving me one type of chemo to see how I get on with the view to adding a second type if I am able to tolerate it. Their hope is to halt the growth or possibly even shrink it.
I have placed my care into the hands of the Lord, having recently become a christian and I feel really strong about my faith and I fear nothing going forward. I do not like the thought of going through chemo again - who would? - but I know I am in much better hands now than ever.
I hope you are all getting on well, and that you have been keeping well.