Bringing it up to Date

Much of what I have written so far happened a few weeks back and a lot has occurred since.  So in a nutshell, this is where we are as of today.

  1.  Tumour found – tell immediate family and friends (bastard difficult thing to do, but more on this, in posts to come).
  2. In and out of Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton for various tests, including a CT and MRI scan to check if the cancer had spread.
  3. Wait for ten days wondering if I was going to be alive or dead by Christmas.  Some very difficult days, made bearable by Mrs Gorgeous Wife xxx.
  4.  Try my best to keep things normal.  So work, work, work, smile, smile, smile.
  5. See the surgeon and my new best friend Maria the Colorectal Nurse (now that’s a job title I admire).
  6. RELIEF! to be told that the tumour can initially be treated with surgery.
  7. Agreed with the surgeon to delay the op for a week to allow me to attend Glastonbury with my family and friends, after all I’m not going to let arse cancer get in the way of a good time.
  8. On a high for a day or so.
  9. Visit the Stomer Nurse to find out the A to Z of colostomies and ‘bags for life’.  More to follow on this topic…
  10. More appointments ahead of the op.
Andrew Williams

50 year old, living with his colon and bowel cancer and all that that entails. Quietly sweary, family man living in Somerset, UK.

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