Jul 20, 2004 - 6:55 am
Well the time is finally coming around with date set for admission on the 27th and surgery on the 29th. After being diagnosed on March 3rd and having thought I was going to have surgery only two weeks later I am now finally due for teh chop. The main delay of course was teh six weeks chemoradiation which appears to have been worth the effort- got my latest MRI result the other day and they report teh tumour has been replaced by fibrosis (scar tissue) and has receded a bit so there has defintiely been some response. It hopefully has made it easier to take out and they feel more confident they will be able to do an anterior resection with a temprorary ileostomy (as opposed to AP resection with permanent colostomy).
Feeling a bit scared and nervous about it all- never been into hospital as patient (very different than being the doctor on teh other side of teh equation!) but looking forward too getting the damn thing out and getting on with my life. We have a 9 week old baby (born the day after chemo finished) who is a great motivator for getting better! Have enjoyed the last couple of months with him immensely adn have felt very well withni a few weeks of finishing treatment- back working fulltime and manage to run 3-4 times a week which really helps keeps some normality to life during all this. Have an excellent surgical team too who I have faith in (including the professor who first developed mesorectal excision which they now do every where) which helps greatly.
Wanted to say thank you for all the support from people on this site recently- it really has been immensely useful. Having this diagnosis so young (31) makes you feel very alone -like no one else could possibly understand -but this site has helped a lot. Spare a thought for me on the 29th (and the couple of days before- I do hate the bowel preparation/wash out!) and I'll hopefully be back soon. Any advise on coping with 1-2 weeks at teh mercy of the nurses on the ward is gratefully recieved too!
See you soon,