Haha! I’ll forego my prize due to a large pre existing collection of cancer literature-most of which has remained unread. I tended just to get on with it without thinking too far ahead or indeed deeply.
just a few miles from Ranskill here-used to put my puss in a lovely cattery there. Lovely part of the country in this bit of Notts-can recommend for a weekend, and I’ll stand you a large red if you venture up this way.
My chemo was a long day..in at 9am, chemo till 4pm, then radiotherapy, and usually home in time for Coronation Street...,I had to go to Sheffield, so a 70 mile round trip,and I needed the snacks, although a nice lady came round with a lunch trolley with sandwiches and soup.
They’ll give you stuff to make you poop and stop you pooping for free, so don’t buy anything. You can get an exemption card for free prescriptions for 5 years which has so far been the only perk for having this disease.
You can go to the loo during chemo..you need to unplug the machinery, wheel your IV stand to the loo and perform a one handed manoeuvre to pull your bits down and measure, yes actually measure, your output in a pee bowl. I stopped the measuring nonsense after the first time and guessed my output to record on my form. I have a small bladder, apparently, so it doesn’t hold much...I was recording 250mls while the guy 2 chairs away was regularly producing 750mls. I didn’t think that was possible but it was certainly impressive.
I had to have a full bladder as I had pelvic radiotherapy and so the knickers were necessary...however the other ladies were also in the same predicament of unfortunate accidents so it wasn’t too bad. I did hear of ladies having more serious accidents of the pooping variety in shops and on the school run so my weak bladder seemed preferable.
I was diagnosed with cervical cancer last September, on the day I was due to fly to Bali for 2 weeks. **** timing. I had chemo and radiotherapy and finished on Christmas Eve, also **** timing. Had a follow up scan and was finally declared no evidence of disease at the beginning of April this year. On 3 monthly check ups and so far all is good, so I’m booked again to go to Bali on 18 September to make up for last year and do everything we planned on exactly the same date, just one year late! xx