So the cancer has progressed, despite me being on Xeloda chemotherapy treatment. Last Tuesday I was taken into A&E because I was experiencing bad shoulder pain and lost my mobility in both arms. They were concerned about a compression of my spine. I had to stay the night so I could have an MRI scan as soon as possible, as they needed to find out what was causing the compression on my spine. I had to stay in bed and move as little as possible. Finally after two days they got an ambulance to take me to another hospital to get the MRI scan. It was a very anxious time.
It turned out the cancer has spread to my neck and my spine and there are further spots in my liver. I was taken into the Beatson cancer centre for immediate radiotherapy to try to control the spread and make sure I didn’t lose any more mobility. I was to have four rounds of radiotherapy to my spine. I was so glad when it was over as it was very sore to lie still in the same position, even for a few minutes.
My father drove behind the ambulance, which under the circumstances was very hard, especially as he didn’t know the area very well. It’s been a huge shock and brought new anxieties for the rest of my family. I have physiotherapy at the moment to help me get back on my feet and I’m getting a wheelchair. As I still have a good grip in my fingers the occupational therapist gave me special cutlery and a grabber to pick up things.
I am flying off to Holland soon to make sure I’m still fit enough to travel. I’ll have to miss my husband for a few weeks while he packs the house. The boys have coped amazingly well and I loved seeing them for Mother’s Day, when they brought me cards and flowers. I missed everyone so much, but I’ve been getting very good care in hospital. The staff in the Victoria infirmary and the Beatson are wonderful. Even though they were very busy and often understaffed, they treated me with the greatest respect and dignity.
The Friends of the Beatson came around to do my hair and some reflexology. Little things like that make a huge difference. Only time will tell, but I keep on living and enjoying what life I have left. I’m not fighting cancer as it’s impossible to fight against your own body. I’m living and enjoying every second of it.
So I’m not losing a battle, but making the most of it. Today, Friday, I came back home and had a lovely home cooked lunch and raised a glass of prosecco to life.