My partner Veronica was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian brca1 cancer in June of 2016. She had been having symptoms of shortness of breath and poor appetite and feeling bloated. The gp gave her an inhaler and some omeprazole to see if it helped, which it didn’t. She eventually had an ultrasound which revealed a large and what turned out to be, cancerous cyst. She then had 16 litres of fluid drained of her lungs, before starting on carboplatin. This helped until about early 2017, when they gave her more carboplatin, she had an allergic reaction whilst she was having it, but the staff were brilliant in dealing with it.
She then had cisplatin, but that caused her to collapse, and when they scanned her lungs, they found blood clots as a result of her chest drains. Weekly Taxol again helped, until around April of this year, she had pockets of fluid on her lungs which couldn’t be drained safely. After several abdominal drains, she was then put on Caelyx, which you have to keep cool with, not easy during that heatwave we had. By July, we realised that she was taking longer to recover from treatments and her breathing deteriorated, even with home oxygen. In August she was admitted again, with her breathing difficulties, her kidneys began to fail, and she was having to be helped to do simple things like getting out of bed. She hated it. Her consultant told me there was nothing more they could do for her, and we should prepare ourselves, and we would only have weeks rather than months. Three days later, she was transferred to a hospice. During the night, her breathing became laboured, and she passed away later that morning. We were due to be married in the hospice the following week.
In the past 19 months, I’ve lost both my parents as well.
I apologise for this post being so long, but I would like to say, that I have read several posts on here over the past two years, and it has been really amazing the amount of information and support this site provides, and I hope it continues in the future. Thank you for taking the time to read this.