Dec 02, 2012 - 6:20 am
I'm new here and like all of you I have found my way here under the most awful of circumstances. My beautiful angel of a mother has been suffering accutely with what she has been told was IBS for some months now. On Monday Nov 26th she was rushed into hospital where she had emergency surgery to deal with a blockage in her bowel which was only a matter of hours from a complete rupture. unfortunately whilst the emergency bowel surgeon was in there, they saw that the obstruction was most certainly being caused by a tumor on her ovary that had been slowly choking her large bowel for some time.
To further the bad news, the surgeon was unable to attach her stoma bag where he would usually, due to the fact that her intestines have been glued by cancerous adhesions and he could not access the area he needed. So she now has a cecostomy (a type of bag that should only be used as a temporary enema) permanently. We are still awaiting the full histology results but from what the emerg surgeon said she has a tumor on her left ovary, peritoneal lesions all over her abdominal wall and they also spotted a slight shadow on her liver in the CT scan. Of course without all results back I cannot yet give staging/grade but im anticipating stage 4 as the disease has spread.
She is recovering well from her emergency surgery and has come off all IV's, is refusing pain killers unless desperate, catheter is out, and is getting up and about by herself, she is even doing gentle pilates-type exercises to keep everything supple...all this just 3 days after having her entire abdominal wall cut in half. Believe me when I say this woman is strong willed! Even her surgeon said it was remarkable to see her looking so well.
However, because of the positioning of her growths, debulking surgery is not an option at the moment. perhaps they might consider it after trying some chemo. But the main focus right now is to get her fit and healed from this unfortunate event, get her home and comfortable and to get her in the best health possible to fight this beast.
My mum is 61 years old but doesn't look a day over 45. She is extremely healthy apart from this cancer and has been an advocate for natural health and healing for a number of years. her entire life has been dedicated to helping others, from raising 2 daughters to practicing various methods of complimentary and alternative healing on many many people, even terminal cancer patients. She has received this terrible news with so much grace and understanding.
She truly is a saint and this world, my world, will be a much darker place without her. All I can do at this stage is help her get her health back up to scratch, and be there for her whenever I can during her treatment. I hope to find this forum helpful in terms of her support and my own. Some of you ladies have wonderful stories to tell to keep inspiring hope for the rest of us. Please send her love and send her light.