My first Forum, sharing my experiance
Hi, my name is Matt and would like to share my experiance of bowel cancer. I am finding it really difficult to talk about without getting emotionally tearful so am biting the bullet to share my experiance . Here goes.
I was diagnosed with advanced stage 3 bowel cancer in April 2020 and following a tempory colostomy operation i had radio chemotherepy for 5 weeks in sept / october.
Following further scans in Jan 2021, ( via a video call as we where in lockdown ). i was told it had gone to my Liver, That was a BIG shock ! Further Chemo was then endured for 3 months and an operation in May 2021 called APER which is removal of rectum, Anus and some bowel, including re doing my stoma to make it a permanant one. Further scans showed all liver tumours had gone ( Very rare ) at the time we were told there was 4 tumours . Pathology from op showed no sign of cancer in the bowel.
Subsequent scans showed a further tumour in my liver and so was refurred to The liver specialsts at The Royal Free.
I was called to an appointment with the surgical consutant for livers in march and was expecting a further operation on liver, only to be told that i had had 7 tumours throughout my liver, ALL gone! except the additional leasion not showing sign of cancer. That was a shock too ! I am currently having further scans , a PET Scan 2 weeks ago , and MRI and CT scans later today
I have had a build up of fluid from the surgery which has been leaking since january , numb fingers and feet from the chemo and pain when i urinate.
With all that said, i have managed to run my small building company successfully through out and am in a positve mindset. Take care, Matt