Hi, My name is Jill, I am 56 years old and I am celebrating 5 years since I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer.
In lead up to my diagnosis I had been feeling unwell especially in my tummy region and often had to go to the toilet with great emergency, only to get there and not be able to fully empty my bowel and leave with the feeling of fullness and tightness. Passing wind was not easy and progessivly it all got worse and to the point of not being able to lead my life in the way I had been.
After many months of feeling very unwell I passed a huge amount of blood and large clots and then went to the major hospital outpatients. Finally after many hours I was told I possibly had Cancer and was admitted for observation. I was discharged after 24hrs so I could have Christmas Day with my family and told to wait for a phone call as to when I would have to come back in for a Stoma.
Early January 2007, saw me admitted for an ileostomy, which I had for 12 months. I went through Chemo, 5FU, administered by CAD Pump as well as having Radiotherapy, for 7 weeks. I took the chemo well, no loss of hair and no sickness! , but I was very tired.
In June 2007 I underwent surgery to remove the tumour and had a resection. More Chemo followed and by November 2007 I had finished chemo and awaited my ileostomy reversal, which I had in January 2008. Most of these treatments didnt go without incidence, there were many tense moments and many unpleasant things to endure, but I put myself in the Oncologists hands and my mind in positive mode and dealt with each day as it presented itself. My partner was and still is amazing, I couldn`t have got through it all without him.
I still tire easily and my feet and legs have been affected by chemo, radiation has left me with some problems which I was not told could happen, but other than that I have everything to look forward to. I work part time, have a great life and look forward to being healthy.
One of the things I have learned is, listen to your body, no one knows it like you!
If I can be of help to anyone going through Bowel Cancer please dont hesitate to post.
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