A Life-Changing Diagnosis

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 just in the nick of time.

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, six 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 3. A ‘contained’ 3cm tumour. 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 70-80% cure rate.

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.

Xxx

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.

8 Comments

  1. June 1, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    So sorry that you are going through this. Well done on being so proactive, it is great that you caught it early. Hoping that everything goes well for you over the next few months – you got this! x

  2. June 5, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Well done on being proactive. My mom put off going till she looked 9 months pregnant – very visible in a skin and bone form – and there was nothing to be done. Good luck with it all

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:06 am

      I’m so sorry to hear that, Luschka. Many thanks for your well wishes xx

  3. The Epileptic Blogger
    June 5, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I’m so sorry that you’re going through this! Cancer sucks and our family has had more than our fair share. I totally admire your optimism it truly is inspirational – I look forward to cheering you on through the Marathon 😉 Keep well, wishing you all the best!

  4. June 6, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    Thank goodness you were so proactive. It makes me so sad that despite this, it still took you months to get a diagnosis. Sending love your way – and good luck for the marathon!!!

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