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Being diagnosed with cancer can be a great shock – there are so many things to think about and questions to be answered. In this section you can share your experiences and advice with other members of the Silversurfers community.
I had had a sore throat for some time. Covid 19 arrived & the Doctors did not want to see me. I thought I had picked up an infection from doing the Aqua gym class in the school indoor pool & was hoping for an antibiotic. When I eventually got to see a Doctor I was met by a guy in a Hazmat suit outside the Surgery. Taken into a tiny back room & my throat looked at. He referred me to the hospital.
First shock. The Surgeon telephoned me, saying at my age I was more likely to die of Corona Virus than cancer. He told me to take medication for my stomach! As it may be backing up my throat. I rang him again after the 2 weeks trial, saying I was no better & swallowing was harder. A week later I had an appointment with the ENT department. I was taken into his Examination room & had a painful Biopsy up my nose, down my throat etc. It showed a large lump at the back of my throat. He said he was very surprised at the findings & announced it was Cancer.
Shock horror as some of you will have experienced. I was told to come back for more tests, IT scan because I am claustrophobic & could not cope with the MRI scan. A week later I was called in to meet My Team, which sadly will resonate with some of you. I was to have 6 weeks of Radiation 5 days a week & have to have a mask/hood fitted on the IT bed. It would be bolted down. Imagine my fear being claustrophobic. So, I have had that awful experience of the carbon mask being fitted tightly to my face & neck. Then bolted down & pushed back & forth through the scanner. Not pleasant. I am terrified of the next sessions. Next is a stomach tube (Rig) to be fitted under anaesthetic, so they can feed me if I can’t swallow. Not something I want with summer here & wild swimming, farming, picnics etc on the itinerary. I have a start date of 2 weeks time for the Radiation. Joy of joy, I have very small veins, so taking blood is difficult for fitting the canula. I have been told I must keep the weight on as women tend to lose it from their faces & then the mask wouldn’t fit. So cream, clotted cream, full fat milk, cheese etc are all to be eaten. No hardship for me!
I find it all a horrifying nightmare from which I will wake up from. I am sure others experienced the same as it is sadly happening to so many of us.
I am lucky to have a partner & good daughters & son. I feel so sorry for people going through it alone as my Mother did in the 60’s with breast cancer when the big C was an unmentionable word.
Lucky too to have Silversurfers & the joy of everyone’s glorious photos & much more. From a hospital wimp I am going to have to be strong as I am sure you all have been.
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.