It is a year ago today that I went for an endoscopy after many months of treatment for what my GP thought was a digestion problem. I would be prescribed omeprazole which helped. However swallowing became difficult and a referral was made for an endoscopy. Two days later we attended for the procedure. My decision not to have a local was a mistake. I have never had an experience like it of retching while the camera went down. After it was over a recovery period with tea and biscuits and I assumed I would go home. Not so The endosocopist asked for my wife to come into side room and then simply said you have cancer. Therefore at 6pm on a Friday we went home with this news. It must be difficult to give this sort of news but I thought the biopsies would be sent and then confirmed which they did. My wife was very upset as losing a child aged seven to cancer means she carries grief for this even though he would have been 48 if he had lived.
I have nothing but praise for what followed. Meeting the cancer Nurse and Surgeon everything was explained very carefully. Cat scan and Pet scan heart test and ultra sound were all done and I was judged fit enough for surgery. The pet scan showed no cancer anywhere else.
I found the chemotherapy very difficult and it was stopped after two sessions due to DVT and multiple blood clots on the lung and one clot in my left leg. I was given another scan and the consultant asked for a filter to be put in via my groin. He then did a laporoscopy.
The operation was carried out on March 21st and I cannot speak highly enough of the care I received. A set back saw me back into ICU for days due to an oxygen problem.
Since discharge the filter was taken out and I have had another scan plus gastroscopy both of which showed no problems.
There you have it. At 75 I survived the operation and have been screened once by the cancer Nurse and go again next Tuesday. I have not had an issue with dumping but have had a little reflux acid on occasion. I am eating reasonable well and thanks to Jax 34 on here have switched to fresubin drinks. I find the frequent blood tests a bind until my warfarin settles at 2.5 INR. I weigh 10.8 which is a significant drop from 13 stone that I used to weigh. Therefore from a weekend when I genuinely thought my life was coming to and I am now looking forward the future. Our new Grandson is five weeks old and I have a terrific wife and family. I am so grateful to the Derby Royal Hospital and am confident with the continuing care I will receive. We have had a wonderful holiday in Spain thanks to the encouragement I got from members on here. I should have mentioned that curiously I wake with a dripping nose everyday and still have some breathing problems but the latter is is improving.