Hi all, it's been a while and there has been the most amazing progress that I have not dared to believe possible but my mum has had surgery!!! It was the most dramatic of weeks thus far when we went for her normal appointment with her consultant prior to chemo cycle #4 and he was concerned as he could see that the ascites was still there so ordered an urgent CT scan. He also told us at the same time that the surgeon had just told him the date for which she was booked for surgery. Chemo #4 was cancelled, the CT scan confirmed that chemo had only been partially successfully where some sites had responded to chemo (hence a reduced CA125) but some sites had not at all (hence the continued ascites) and with the mixed response to chemo came mixed emotions. We were extremely happy to hear about surgery but also scared for what would come.
The surgery was 9 hours long and the surgeon absolutely fantastic. I am so grateful to him for saving my mum's life and in turn, mine aswell. She is doing so well for having had ultra radical debulking surgery. In the end, other than the laparoscopy, she had a full hysterectomy, removal of the omentum, peritoneum, liver moved, diaphragm scraped, bowel restructure and does now have a permanent stoma. She is due to be discharged on Sunday and I do feel like this has been the biggest test so far but I was wondering if anyone had any good tips for discharge especially in terms of the stoma.