I’ve been a bit quiet of late… In truth the last two weeks have been the most agonising, nerve-wracking and heartbreaking of my life. On May 17th I underwent a series of hospital procedures and was told with 99% certainty that I had colon cancer. Biopsies and scans were taken. Results would need to be waited for.
Today it was confirmed. I have cancer. I’m 37 and I have cancer. I’m a happily married mother of two beautiful little girls and I have cancer.
But we’ve caught it early.
Or so says my very lovely colorectal surgeon.
Thank god I was proactive. I shouted and screamed and stamped my foot like a toddler (thanks for the pointers there, Jess) until SOMEBODY took my symptoms seriously. It took 6 months, five GPs and a number of specialists but we got there in the end. Mini high-five to me for sheer bloody perseverance.
I’m Stage 1-2. A ‘contained’ 3cm tumour. No obvious spread to lymph nodes. No spread to the liver or lungs. I will need to have a section of my colon removed but it’s a small price to pay for a shot at that 90% cure rate. I may not even need chemo.
So even though I was told I have cancer today I’m smiling because, fingers crossed, I’ll be one of the lucky few. All being well, in six months time, I’ll be a cancer survivor and not a cancer sufferer. I even joked to Matt on the way into the appointment today that if things went our way then I’d run the London Marathon myself next year…. Eek. I have to make good on that promise now!! 🙄
A huge thank you to all my close family and friends who have been so supportive recently. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. I’ve been overwhelmed by your comfort when I’ve been bawling my eyes out down the phone to you or when I’ve fallen apart in your arms.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
NB: Having a colonoscopy and endoscopy is not the most glam way to spend a morning but if it saves your life….? If you suspect cancer then don’t get fobbed off by your GP. You know your own body. You know when something’s wrong. You are never ‘too young’ to have cancer, despite the statistics, but you CAN do something about it.