I have two days left until I finish with chemotherapy and radio.
I have a slight rash around my groin and it is sore to go for a number two.
I feel great a little tired
My blood counts were normal all through treatments.
No mouth ulcers
No painkillers needed
Very Little hair loss
Very little toilet problems going once to twice a day.
I feel great and in a weird way have enjoyed using this time to reflect on my life. I have had the recommended treatment from the oncologist 5 days chemotherapy 25 radio therapy sessions and 5 days chemotherapy.
There are a few simple tips I can give you to make your treatment as painless as mine has been.
Go with the treatment.
Enjoy the time to rest,
Forget work and money tell yourself its a sabbatical.
Set your self a long range target for when things will be better than before.
There is no rush.
When you are in a hurry you miss the view take your time.
Reflect on how you have been and intend change post treatment.
Things will be different.
Do not just heal the body work on the soul too.
I enjoyed a high carb diet and even put on weight!
I stopped work and enjoyed afternoon naps
I stretched my body 4 times a day and when I felt good did a bit of yoga.
I looked into and read about changing my diet
I read a few good books
The very best and most inspiring being The Secret by Rhonda Byrnne
Every time I felt sad I forced my self to think of a funny memory.
I let other people help
I learnt to appreciate my husband and kids
I got my partner to massage my feet for ten minutes every night.
He read up on reflexology I am convinced this kept many side effects at bay.
I enjoyed the puzzled look on the oncologist and nurses face when I didn't get ill.
I used a she wee. a miracle tool that allowed me to stand and pee like a man.
I'm grateful for having had cancer it was a warning for me to change my life and my self.
I am now listening to my body and soul.
It took me 44 years to realise I do matter.
On reflection I couldn't carry on working as hard as I have.
This has been a jaw dropping awe inspiring time in my life my family are closer my business will survive as my customers have all shown concern and support. I feel loved and supported. I had to look at my self and where I was going wrong. Why this had happened to me. There is always a sensible explanation to why if you look closely.
I believe with the right diet I can keep this cancer out of my life for good. Anal cancer was sent to make me care for my self. pre cancer I didn't believe I was important enough to concern my self over.
I do now.
If you are reading this and it helps I'm pleased. When I first read this forum it scared the hell out of me I thought there was no hope listening to what others have been through. I believe it takes more than luck to get your life back. It is not a lottery and we are not unlucky it is cause and effect in action.
Be well everyone and use this precious experience to change your life for the better.
mail me if you want some support