diagnosed with rectal cancer Feb 2018, low anterior resection with covering loop ileostomy pT3 N0M0 mucinous adenocarcinoma, adjuvant chemotherapy, reversal of ileostomy Feb 2019
I had always been fit and health, with none of the risk factors, picked up by the screening program when I was 62. When first diagnosed and discussing the need for a ileostomy the Colorectal nurse told me to think of it as a year out of my life. I dealt with it becauseI had to and got on with life but the relief when I had my reversal a year later. Took about 9 months for things to really settle down after reversal and for me to deal with the new 'normal'.
I never returned to work and am enjoying my retirement.
Feb 2021 3rd year anniversary CT scan clear.