48 years old, just lost my Dad to prostate cancer, week later find out I have rectal cancer. Don't really know what else to say, hasn't sunk in yet. Reckon the chemo radiotherapy will bring it home. X
Welcome to Cancer Chat. I am extremely sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad and offer my sincere sympathy to you and your family.To be given your own diagnosis must have felt like a real kick in the teeth, following on from the death of your father. About your recent diagnosis. Do you have any staging results yet?
Please keep us updated on how you get on and remember that there is always someone here when you feel like talking.
When do you start your treatment if you don't mind me asking ?
I also had breast cancer 8 years ago and i have got 2 more years of being in remission.
Having being diagnosed with cancer i took a different vieew on life especially when i lost all of my hair i was told to wear a wig when i was outside but i would not wear one.
Having cancer is draining and tiring but it's weather we have the determination and will power to suceed. So i know what you went through.I am so sorry that you lost your dad to the disease only to find out you have it.
Louise ( Cancer surviver )
Thank you Louise,
As far as I am concerned every day is a bonus. Life is too short for the average person and, by the laws of average, mine is likely to be shorter, so I intend to make each day count. You were very brave to go out without your wig. Did you get lots of stares when you did this?
I have Lymphoedema in both arms and hands as a result of having had a double mastectomy. As a result I have manual lymphatic drainage twice a week for 2 weeks every 12 weeks. This is followed by manual compression bandaging. When I have these bandages on I look like the Michelin Man. It doesn’t stop me from going out either, but I do get some very strange looks and some very strange questions. For the rest of the time I wear an elasticated compression bandage which doesn’t look quite so grotesque.