Hi I read Margaret's blog telling the story of her journey through cancer. I had an idea we could all tell our stories to help others I am calling it " This is my life " BC & WC
BC before cancer and WC with cancer.
Here is my story.
I was a very active 57 year old very fit and healthy the odd cold but nothing serious. I worked full time helped with looking after the grandchildren and went to the gym regularly. One day back in April 2012
I started getting stomach pains nothing too bad I just put it down to IBS as my motions were getting rather loose as well and I was passing water every hour. I started putting on weight but thought maybe I needed to up the exercise and cut down on food I was 57 and had an under active thyroid. When after 5 weeks I had put on 10 pounds and could not fit in my clothes I mad an appointment with my GP.
He examined me and said I had A Twisted Bowel and said I should go and have an X RAY. I went that evening to our local hospital after the X Ray I was told to check in at A&E. When I was seen by a doctor I was told I was being admitted. I was given a CT scan an internal scan, a drain was inserted into my side and I had loads of blood tests. After two long weeks of being in hospital they finally said I has Ovarian Cancer and they said you can go home now. They said I would get a phone call on Friday with an appointment to see a gynecologist.
I was in shock and yes very upset I sat in the loo and cried for ages. I phoned my husband who came and got me and we drove home and both cried. Being the person I am I went on the web and read as much as I could about Ovarian Cancer some good some not so good it was then I found OVACOME the best thing I could have found.
I had my appointment on 7th June at Maidstone and saw a lovely doctor she explained all about chemo and said after chemo number three I would have a CT scan and then if things were going well I would have an Operation. Chemo one, two and three were fine and I carried on working through out this time. I went for my scan and my tumour had shrunk enough to operate. i had one more chemo and then on the 8th October I had my operation. I had a TAH and SBO in other words I had it all out. womb, tubes ovaries cervix and omentum. Im not saying when I can round I felt bad but imagine being run over by a steam roller and that's how I felt with tubes in my hand and back and yes a cathiter. I remember waking up and saying I need to wee. The nurse said you have a cathiter and I said "But I dont know how to use it" I wondered at the time why she started laughing.
I came out after 5 days and was told to rest. Once home I did not need telling to rest I could hardly walk. This lasted about four weeks its now six weeks after my op and I feel fine now still a bit tender around the scar but Im walking about now doing housework and counting the days till I can return to work. I had chemo number 6 yesterday. I feel fine today but I know on Sunday and Monday I will feel pretty rough but its only for a couple of days.
Its a special day for me today in two ways . I have finished chemo now, and its my Birthday.
My thoughts are now onward and upwards. Here are to many more Birthdays, not just for me but for every other lady with OC.Love to you all hope I have not bored you too much but wanted to show its not all doom and gloom with OC.
Love Babs x x x