Mum's 1st stage of living well with bowel cancer
Good evening all
Well, here we are, 12 days since mum had her operation and 5 days since she was discharged from hospital.
Mum is staying with us until she feels strong enough to return home but wow, I can't believe how well she is doing.
Stiches were taken out yesterday by the district nurse, all healing well. Stoma nurse visited who said she was amazed how well mum was coping with the stoma and bags.
She still gets very tired and walking with a frame but eating and drinking well. She still has concerns about what she will be able to do in the future but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
I know it very early days for mum, we obviously have to wait for the pathology report to see if she will require any further treatment but we're not thinking that far ahead for now. Mum is overwhelmed with the care she has received from her fantastic surgeon, the nurses and doctors on the ward and the district nurses and stoma nurses who have visited her here. From being (understandably) terrified of the diagnosis and surgery to the point of the GP prescribing Diazepam to where she is now is nothing short of a miracle.
I know mum has been extremely fortunate in the fact the cancer hadn't spread at the point of diagnosis. My heart respectfully goes out to everyone whose journey is harder