Nov 03, 2011 - 7:42 pm
It is now 12 months since my husband completed his round of chemo. Looking back at photos from last Dec, he definitely looked very frail and had lost most of his hair thru chemo, but not his eyebrows or eye lashes, so was lucky not to lose all. He just wore a beanie & didn't look 'that ill' unless he took it off. He was VERY skinny tho, which made him look old & frail (he was 73 when diagnosed & turns 75 this month.)
Having had most of his stomach removed in mid June - he was told he probably wouldn't be back eating 'normal' sized meals for well over a year - not so! He has had a remarkable recovery to date & was virtually eating whatever he wanted from Oct last year, just 4 months post op! After the surgery, I used to feed him every hour, on the hour, small amounts. This gradually increased & as I say, he has been eating normal sized meals for 12 months now!
He got back into triathlons earlier in the year - with small 'sprint' distances initally & has now worked up to 'Olympic' distance. The Triathlon World Championships are being held in Auckland, NZ next Oct - and he now has these in his sights. He has entered a few 'qualifying races' and hopes to compete with his twin brother in Auckland.
THere is very little that he can't eat. He just can't tolerate really cold stuff any more - ice cold drinks, ice cream, stuff like that - but that is a small price for getting back to a relatively 'normal' life. He has gained a lot of the weight he lost - post op, he was 50kg & is now about 56kg & looks very well. He has always been 'slim'.
His surgeon was very pleased when we saw him 2 weeks ago, given a clean bill of health & his next check up is in Feb '12. He had an endoscope in June, for the surgeon to 'check out his work from the inside' and was very happy with the way everything looked.
He DID have one nasty episode in August - he had a massive anaphylactic shock, passing out in the Doctor's waiting room & spending the night in hospital. The specialists could not determine the cause, even tho he was tested for about 50 known allergens & he's back eating the same things he ate that morning - tho we now have an Epipen and anti histamines on hand, just in case it happens again.......
So, overall, we have been very lucky to have had such a good result - and I hope that there are many more success stories out there as well.
All the best to you - I hope your cancer journey has a successful outcome, too
Have a great Xmas