John. I was diagnosed with Birketts Lymphoma, a form of lymphatic cancer. I had chemo and radiotherapy and passed the 5 year clear mark last September. I'm 63, I know, I'm a mere youngster on this site! But I'm back out in the garden digging and in my workshop, although energy levels and stamina never recovered fully. Different forms of lymphoma will be treated in different ways and each individual will react to the chemo differently so I won't try and generalise here. I was treated in The Freeman hospital in Newcastle where the medical staff were working at the cutting edge of medical science and were marvellous.
I wish you well and if you'd like to pm me with any questions please feel free.
I've been battling Bowel and Liver for the past 3 years and touch wood / pray to God it's settled at the moment and long may it stay that way ! I've been so determined to get back to normality from day 1 diagnosis that I've gone back to work to help in the process and take my mind off the day to day mental torture. I don't know much about your particular cancer but sure as hell matey stay bloody strong and determined and you'll smash it.
Chemo Junkie !!!
Good luck to all C fighters, may you look the devil in the eye and laugh in his face
My wife's father has been diagnosed with cancer of the stomach. He's starting 2 months of chemo on Monday then they're going to take his stomach out so food will go directly to his intenstine. He'll have to eat either ground food or chew excessively. The lad took full advantage on Christmas Day to eat as much as he could (and believe me he ate like a lion and drank like a fish much to the annoyance of his wife). He's positive, he knows someone who had his stomach removed 5 years ago and still eats what he wants, just in smaller, more frequent meals.
I hope it is some comfort that I knew one (don't worry he was about on normal schedule when crossing the bar) and know another, my older walking partner, who carried/carry on near normal lives.
The latter is a non-Hodgkin's version. He has regular (but not that frequent) checks and when the portents grow he has a round of chemo which puts him back pretty much to normal. I don't know when he gets time to have the checks as they must threaten the time he needs to perform (folksy, plinkity- plonk) and his long holidays to the Far East with Sunday carveries escorting one of his several lady friends (and that's just the Island).
The former was an artist (moderately talented in my view) and was already getting on when I got to know him. Those were earlier days of technology and the diagnosis and monitoring were less advanced. He still managed to continue a long and productive retirement.
Had skin cancer been in the clear 3 or 4 year now. Different to yours maybe's, but it's the word 'cancer' you quickly come to dislike.
I sincerely wish you all the best, there's some great positive experiences on this thread, absolutely no reason why you won't be adding to them by the time your condition has run it's course, and the battle won.
Me and the missus organize a sponsored walk every year for Macmillan's now after sis in law battled breast cancer. My experience gave me a different outlook. Not sure there's many who don't change their outlook after a brush with the 'big c'
All the best mate.
John, Very pleased to hear it. Make sure your checks up are substantive. I have just lost a very careful friend, health care professional too, who frequently went to London to ensure her breast cancer had not returned. Shortly after another all clear she had brain seizure of some kind and discovered multiple tumours. Six weeks 'start to finish'. On a similar note my brother's checks up for metastases of melanoma were, apart from a visual inspection of the skin done to a questionnaire not MRI or more in-depth. Their presence was announced in similar fashion with the seizures down to brain tumours but they were also in his lungs and liver. He got nine months.
(Only 6 rounds of chemo - self deprecating or what!!)