Hi I’m Paul I’m not looking for sympathy but I thought I would share my story with you.
How much has the last 18 months have changed I had a RNY Bypass on the 31/10/2017 and I weighed 22 stones and 11 pounds and got down to a healthy weight of 12 pounds and 4 pounds.
I was doing so well well for the 8 months I have been losing blood in my stools. This being blood clots mainly and also now and then I would notice blood in the toilet and loo paper. I told this to the dieticians and bariatric nurses who had put this into a letter to my own doctor and to refer me to a specialist. I found out that the letter was received at the doctor's surgery when I’m registered and just scanned onto my files but no one actually read this letter.
Six to eight weeks ago I ended up in A&E with severe pains in my stomach area and bowel to be given buscopan and sent home being told it was kidney stones. Don’t get me wrong but I have had this pain since March this year and hiding the pain with loads of painkillers so no one knew how bad it was. The doctor kept saying they think it was piles but there was no evidence of piles which I knew by the clots in my stools having piles 10 years ago I knew pile do not bleed like that.
2 weeks ago Thursday I started losing blood constantly and last Tuesday I lost that much blood I was rushed to hospital from work and was admitted to hospital. All my blood test and counts were fine so they did not know why I was losing the blood and in so much pain.
Last Friday I had a camera inserted into my back passage where they found cancer a tumor which is 3cm by 5cm approximately.
So I was told this news a day before my birthday which was a big surprise to me.
Just over 2 years ago, I was happy at work and had no health issues a part from being overweight. However a routine blood test revealed a problem with my white blood cells and I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. I was 60 years old and had'nt had an illness for 50 years. Treatment started immediately. I had 4 chemotherapy sessions. The first one nearly killed us. After they'd managed to rid the body of cancer I was put on the Anthony Nolan for a stem cell transfer. I got one from a guy in Minnesota. It was hard as it took a while for his immune cells to bed in. 18 months later I'm still here after 18 infections everything from c-diff to mouth ulcers. But I'm so grateful to that guy in the US who took the time to donate his cells as I'd be dead otherwise.
One man every hour DIES of advanced prostrate Cancer in the UK. It is one of the main causes of death in men and some as young as 50 or younger have been diagnosed with advanced incurable prostrate Cancer. If caught early it is entirely curable. A simple blood test taken from the arm at your GP can indicate if you need further investigation. There is no national screening programme you have to ask for the test. Please please have this simple test annually from 50. My dear husband is now dying because he did not know about this test and in spite of going to the GP with symptoms was not given the test until too late. Please heed this warning.