I've had my first 3 cycles of chemo and am booked for surgery on 13th March. Most of the visible disease on the scan is on my peritoneum, thankfully this has responded really well to chemo so far but I'm prepared for a long surgery as they'll be aiming to remove all evidence of disease.
I've found some of the posts here on the site really helpful and some of your posts about surgery meant that there were really no nasty surprises when the surgeon told me about the possible length and extent of the surgery so thank you all for posting your stories.
I've got some practical questions and I wondered if any of you could let me know what it would be useful to take in with me. The hospital say they encourage us to get up and get dressed and I'm wondering whether you have any advice on what it's comfortable to wear over the wound - I've got.some tracksuit bottoms with a soft waistband but wondered if I should buy a size up for the first few days or if anything else would be better.
Also any tips on recovery in hospital and once you're home. Information I've read up on hysterectomy talk about resting but my CNS has said that I should get up and walking as soon as I feel able. How soon did you feel able to go out for a short walk?
I'm worried that I'll be too timid about going out and then will end up overdoing it! I'm also rubbish at being totally dependant on other people so the first few weeks are going to be difficult.
I look forward to hearing from you!