Just A hello
Well 2018 was a bad year, Diagnosed with Diabetes in February, started having problems going which I put down to my new & improved diet but very soon had to visit the DR as things did not improve.
Dr suspected internal hemaroid but referred be anyway just to be sure (Well done Dr)
Consultant said "I dont like the feel of that" one of the top 4 phrases you dont want to hear from a medical professional along with "I am afraid this is goint to hurt", "oops" & "has anynoe seen my watch" .
went for Colonoscopy @ the beginning of August but surgeon could not get beyond the 1st 4 cm because of the blockage.
Told "I have taken samples but that is pretty academic, if the come back benign I have not taken representative samples it WILL be cancer".
CT scan & MRI Scans within days!
spent the next 2 weeks thinking the worst.
saw Surgeon again & told cancer had not spread , huge sense of relief.
told I would require Radiotherapy & chemotherapy to reduce the tumour (6 CM circumferential & 4 CM in IIRC) and offered a loop colostomy as a precaution against getting a blockage.
op following Wednesday & out on the same Friday, keyhole surgery is fantastic!
Radiotherapy in October followed by 3 months of chemo then more scans.
Told that tumour had responded well but due to location I would have to lose my rectum & anus so stoma would become permanent (I guess a simple choice "Kiss my Arse Goodbye" or "Kiss my Arse Goodbye").
the op took place in April results good (stage 2, 2 out of 10 lympnodes showing signs")
Oncologist says no need for further treatment & he hope he never sees me again (I don't think I did anything to upset him).
Just long term regular checks & another colonoscapy @ the end of august.
2019 looking like it is going to be a much better year.
Sorry for the war & peace & I guess you can see I have maintained a +ve sense of humour.
All the best to everyone else facing this condition (not good luck because you DO NOT want luck to be playing any part in it).