There is normal life after cancer and APR operation with permanent stoma
Just wanted to post some positive news for anyone who is just beginning their terrifying cancer journey.
Just 10 weeks ago I had an APR operation for low rectal cancer aged 66.
I was diagnosed after a first visit to the GP just four weeks before, my world collapsed!
Removal of sigmoid colon, anus, rectum , and”bum cheeks “ sewn up plus creation of a permanent stoma , life looked a bit bleak...
Post op histology results were good and I know I was very lucky ,in that by opting for major surgery the cancer was contained and removed before it could spread.
10 weeks on, I am pain free, driving again and energy levels are returning, although I’m still in bed early most nights!
The stoma has become routine and really isn’t a big deal, for me it was a question of acceptance and moving on.
None of us really know what the future holds and there will always be anxiety when scan and review dates come round again in the coming months and years.
A new normal life can be just as good if not even better , I certainly have a different approach to the future now .
My son is getting married on Friday so I have my first weekend away....
It’s a long road and very frightening but sometimes there is a positive outcome