I HAVE A LYMPHOMA

OUT OF THE BLUE

 It is 5 weeks now since I was brought literally to my knees by a blinding abdominal pain that lead to swift, emergency surgery to repair a perforated bladder. I do not recommend a perforated bowel to anyone, even though if you need to lose weight, it sure works.

In the 5 weeks since, I had been aware from the picture of my bowel the Surgeon showed me, that there was an interloper and we all awaited Histology  eagerly.

This last Thursday, it was revealed that a nasty lymphoma has taken up residence with a  view to domination, so out go my planned trips to Turkey and Egypt and in comes Chemo!

I have a CT scan next week to narrow parameters further and then hit the treatment trail.

Preparing for Battle.

Over the past 5 weeks, I have prepared myself for all types of prognosis from the sublime to the hopeless. Thus, it was good news to be told not to leave for Turkey, so that treatment can begin asap. At least, it is not a case of pack quickly and go and do quickly anything you always wanted to do but never got round to!

My initial prognosis is Stage 1/2 to be further confirmed after CT, so we stiffen the sinews, prepare mentally and as best physically, as we can for the next 6 months or so, thinking of it as a voyage to be undertaken to reach safe harbour.

I will catalogue events here, so we shall see what develops. I have no link to offer, but please forward any tips, advice etc, which will be warmly received. I will be in touch you can be sure. 

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puter_dr 6 years ago from Midwest USA

I can't know what type of chemo you will have, but in my experience, chemo can be a bit more tolerable than it used to be.

With every year that passes, treatments for cancer improve and along with it, survival rates and patient comfort seem to be better.

Try and take a look at your nutrition, and make sure that you are getting good nourishing foods. This is not to say don't treat yourself to things that sound good to you, but make sure your body is as strong as it can be. Try to maximize your calories and protein if possible.

Also, you may have times where food just doesn't taste right. You may also feel like you are too tired to eat, and that just chewing is too much. Try and fight through these things if possible.

If you have sores develop in your mouth or on your tongue, popsicles are a good option, they can sooth a sore mouth. Also other soft foods like puddings, soups, and cereals can help at this time.

Good luck and hope this situation is soon an experience that you can put behind you.


j w adams 6 years ago from Essex/ Alanya/ Hurghada Author

Thanks so much for your info, much appreciated.Iam a ceoliac which complicates diet as Icannot take wheat or barley which contain gluten. Still we will experiment. Roast Pork and all allowed trimmings plus jelly and ice cream for lunch today and that follows a lovely cereal plus grilled liver breakfast, so so far food intake doing well. We will see how things are effected down the line of course. Thanks again for taking the time to write to me. John Adams

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