I was admitted to A&E 2 weeks ago with severe abdominal
/pelvic pain. Initial thoughts were diverticulitis but CAT scan showed mass on left ovary and inflamed lymph. Subsequent MRI and blood tests confirmed initial diagnosis of malignant ovarian cancer (CAT 574). CAT biopsy done a week ago.
In complete shock, as I had no symptoms prior to this and whilst in hospital the medics kept saying I was too well and healthy to gave this disease! I am 58 and indeed eat well and exercise 3x a week plus walk loads every day.
Saw top consultant yesterday, but pathology not available yet. Apparently my disease is not presenting itself in the "normal" way because there is no abdominal fluid and there is extensive pelvic and paraaortic lymphadenopathy (I.e. Outside of abdominal cavity).
Trust me to be different! So it's a waiting game for pathology but expectation it's stage 3 or 4 (due to 2 undetermined specks in liver). Treatment plan being determined next week and probably 3 x carboplatin , then debulking, then more chemo
Family are great, as are friends but feel pretty lonely right now. Still haven't really wailed but guess this would help!?
In general I am trying to carry on as normal with treats and lots of cuddling granddaughter (7 weeks old), walking, partaking of wine, as allowed by medic team (goes well with Zomorph lol) a spa day yesterday and a pedicure today. And eating well too. I am finding it hard to relate how as of today I am walking about relatively unaffected but in a few week's time I become this cancer victim on the cancer treatment journey which is scary.
What helped you in these early days of waiting? Should I be doing loads of research? Any suggestions on how to be as well as possible for chemo? Consultant suggested eating lots of protein?
Look forward to hearing back and becoming on of the gang.