Hi there.I am a 52 year old dad with 2 children aged 23 and 35. I went to see a locum doctor as my doctor was on holiday about 1.5 years ago. I had been coughing quite bad for several weeks but all the doctor said is that it was just a cough and to get on with it as it would clear up on its own. This was about the same time as the TV campaign telling us all to get checked if we had these symptoms. I was quite upset when I got home and told my wife that I am never going to the doctor again.
Round about January last year I was getting a lot of pain in my hip and was being treated for suspected arthritis but not really getting much done as they couldn't see very much arthritis on the scans. The pain got so bad that in June last Lear I went on the sick, I am a postman and found it impossible to do my job. In July last year I went back to my doctor because my cough had got so bad it felt like I had something stuck in my lung's. The doctor told me to have an xray, I had one that morning then got a phone call form the doctor to see her next day. The xray showed a 7cm mass in my right lung. We were really shocked but thought all would be OK. After many tests, scans, a broncscopy And a fine needle aspiration I have got a diagnosis of advanced lung cancer with nodes affected and I have multiple bone Mets to my arms, ribs and in particular my hip,that is really painful. The doctors have all told me it is terminal and to think in months rather than in years. I am hoping for many months. I am on 50mg zomorph twice daily and other meds and on a daily dose of 150mg Tarceva, so I hope for a miracle, you never know
It is always in my mind that if that first doctor took me seriously in the first place then things might not have been so bad now. If she had looked at my records properly she would have seen that I was never in the doctors and not a hypochondriac.
Sorry or the rant but there is a good chance that my wife could lose her husband of 27 years and my kids could lose their dad, this year.
We had so many plans for the future but are trying to make the best of the time we have left now and make some happy memories.
We have a 15 night Mediterranean cruise booked for may 8th but I think that will be the last big holiday we ever do. It leaves from Southampton so no planes involved. We have to live for today now but are coping quite well, I just hope that my Family are OK when I am gone.
I thank you all for listening.