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Throat Cancer Shock

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.

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2nd Jun 2020 10:48:45
Thanks for voting!
I was so sad to read your post and can fully sympathise with your feelings of claustrophobia. As Sally says, you are so brave sharing your journey with us and you will have so many virtual friends on Silversurfers who are wishing you well and praying for your recovery. Be strong, Susie and please keep putting your fabulous photos on the Showcase - I look out for them every time I log into the site. You are blessed having a supportive partner and children.
Take care - my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carole xx
Sally - Silversurfer's Editor
31st May 2020 17:26:16
Thanks for voting!
Susie - you are so brave, especially because you have chosen to share your journey with our community.

You are also a very strong and resilient person which we can see from your life as a farmer in the daily blog that you are writing - - I know you will use this strength and positivity to get through this. Positive mental attitude goes hand in hand with treatment so you have the tools you need to get through this challenge!

We are always here if you need us, and you have many friends in our community who I know will help and support you through your treatment and recovery.

You are such a valued member of our Silversurfes family with your wonderful writing and stunning photographs that you have shared with us over the past few years.

Sally x 🙂

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