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  • Forum Post: RE: NHS top of the western world !,

    Hi All Just thought I would post my thoughts. It seems to be that this is turning into a xenophobic rant. Who has foreign doctors and what is the state of their training as compared to the lucky few who are treated by British doctors who were trained within the BHS etc etc ...... Well for what...
  • Forum Post: Chemo

    Hi Everyone again! So today had my pathology results from consultant - embryonal carcinoma :/ Apparantly it's an aggressive one? - My tumor markers / bloods came back normal before my op so I'm assuming that means it hasn't spread *fingers crossed* Consultant advised I will need...
  • Forum Post: The Fault in our Stars

    Anyone seen it? Or considering to watch it? My husband passed away of metastatic thyroid cancer of the lungs in March at 32. I'm 33.
  • Forum Post: Moving on to help more

    Hi there everyone, I'm not sure if this is the right place for me to be asking advice but i don't know where else to ask. I have been a carer for the last 3 years in a residential home, in october i was promoted to senior carer. Over the years since i was about 10 i have also helped care for...
  • Forum Post: Help - worried about thyroidectomy !

    Hello I had a lobectomy 5th March which confimed follicular thyroid cancer. It was a 3cm nodule stage 1 T2 minimally invasive. So very low risk. (I am 42, female and otherwise healthy). After the lobectomy I had a meeting with the Surgeon to confirm the diagnosis. He explained that we would meet...
  • Forum Post: RE: Newly diagnosed with Anal Cancer

    Good for you trying the positive route trust me that's the way to go and it's easier for me to say that now that I'm a four year survivor but to me it sounds like you we're caught early and believe me I heard that's the key the best of luck on your journey.
  • Forum Post: New TC diagnosis

    Hi Everyone! this feels a bit strange to be putting my eerr feelings on a forum but, hey! there has been a few firsts this week already! Story so far : Pain in left testical, went to GP, urgent referral to Radiology, then appointment with consultant and booked in for orchidectomy on Thursday ....
  • Forum Post: Looking for support

    Hey so I am new here and not sure really what t say however I have started a blog. I have recently had more responsablity on my shoulders when my dad was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. I guess I am just trying to reach out to people who are going through the same type of thing and can understand.
  • Forum Post: Just found out mum has just been on pain killers instead of cancer tablets

    Hello My Mum had secondary bone cancer which her specialist believes has spread into her spinal cord. She has spent 1 wwek at Whiston Hospital, 4 weeks at Clatterbridge Hospital and has now been at a Hospice for 5 weeks. All her cancer tablets were stopped at Whiston Hospital and then we were informed...
  • Forum Post: pete c

    Hi everybody I had bowel cancer nearly 3 years ago and now been told I have secondary cancer of the lung its in the early stages so just waiting to see what kind of treatment they recommend !!!!
  • Forum Post: I just needed someone, anyone to talk to.

    Hi I lost my mum about 5 weeks ago and I think its sinking in that i'm never seeing her again. I don't even know what to type, or what to say, I just want to know there are people out there. I just need someone to talk to, I feel so alone. everyone around me find it so easy to cry and let...
  • Forum Post: DS1500 Form

    Hi All Today i have been speaking at length with my McMillian nurse, and cause i am incurable with my cancer we touched base on the DS1500 form. Can anyone point me in the right direction on downloading the form or get one sent to me, or is it a telephone call to give all details. I have a report...
  • Forum Post: RE: Sick Pay query

    Hi George & Jackie Thank you for your reply and help on this matter, i am just battling with them all the time, and its really getting me down now. They dont have a clue at all, and like you say they dont care cause they have no need to care. Its so hard trying to educate them on what you have...
  • Blog Post: MPs back Macmillan's call to end the carers crisis

    On Monday 16 December, MPs discussed how to improve the Care Bill at its second reading at the House of Commons. Thanks to our campaigners, we’ve made sure every MP in England* knows about Macmillan’s Do you Care? campaign . 34 MPs have met with people who look after loved ones with cancer...
  • Blog Post: Slow Release Pain Relief

    Now 0130hrs and am just waiting for PEG feed to force down a few more millilitres so I can tick another portion off my nutrition list. Switched to long lasting pain relief yesterday evening. Good news is that the tablet offers 12 hours pain relief, therefore in theory that could equal twelve hours unbroken...
  • Blog Post: First post and story so far

    About me: I am an ex nurse, now medical Sales Rep. I got divorced earlier this year and have 2 amazing kids. Boy of 10 and girl of 15. I've been through a tough 3 years and I'm finally getting everything in place to move on with my life. That was until a few weeks ago...... Last year I went to...
  • Blog Post: On to Morphine...

    Finally realised that I had to step up pain relief to morphine last night. My account of last night is pretty graphic so skip this blog if you need to... First spoonful at 5pm made me feel a little nauseous, a bit light headed and slightly number to the pain. I soon realised that the initial dosage of...
  • Blog Post: Pain Train Gathers Speed

    Started tube feeding yesterday (Monday) evening, and was really lazy by not eating anything by mouth. Made up for it by drinking a thick tasty beverage in the form of a chocolate complan shake (its about as good as it gets!). Stomach gurgled throughout the night. Despite being given the morphine yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Garden Pub Name

    I mentioned yesterday about my garden pub which is my little treat and belated chrimbo prezzy and have had quite a few names being suggested. Our house is named Stanhope (which is an old car, or two seater horse drawn carriage - google it for pictures) and I want that name in the title. Conventional...
  • Blog Post: Not Another Manic Monday

    And so, into Week number 4 of treatment and I seem to have forgotten the normal monday morning panic of getting back into work after a weekend off, of having to quickly prioritise tasks for the week ahead against all the Monday morning fastballs, and having to rejig my programme to suit. Today, to be...
  • Blog Post: Disbelief

    Evening All, For me I have to say that the hardest part of this whole shitty journey is the fact that nearly three months later I am still completely confounded by the whole thing. I am suspended in this foggy painful disbelief that makes moving on completely impossible. It sounds normal doesn’t...
  • Blog Post: Day 9 - Let The Battle Commence...

    Another lovely day in Wiltshire but what an awful night's sleep. Mouth was drier than a dry thing and tasted of a weathered and worn flip flop. Needed to sip water constantly through the night and feel tired to say the least this morning. I am hoping it is the Pepsi I drank for supper that caused...
  • Blog Post: Day 8 - The Guilt Trip...

    So into week 2 of RT we go, and after a brilliant weekend am now feeling a bit guilty. Am guilty of having to take so much time off work and others having to cover my desk. I am guilty of not being that poorly compared to others around me in the hospital (some who look really ill), and the online head...
  • Blog Post: Day 7 - The Calm Before The Storm...

    Just a short post today as Sunday is the day of rest. Had a really good day yesterday and great to see mam and dad. Appetite back now not feeling sick so fired four ham sandwiches down for lunch and the spare ribs at the pub for dinner in the evening, only water to wash it down though, and the BBQ spices...
  • Blog Post: Day 6 - That's The Way To Do It...

    Hope readers appreciated the double take on yesterday's blog, at no extra charge!!! My chat with nutritionist yesterday may have revealed the cause of feeling sick. Apparently trying to flush my gastro tube with water quickly with syrlnge so as to feel the strange sensation of having a drink from...
  • Blog Post: Day 5 - Ready for the Weekend

    Managed chicken tikka massala for supper last night, did not taste much like chicken tikka massala at all, although I caught some of the spices. Didn't sleep very well through the night, mouth drier than normal, bit of neck pain, and the feeling sick meant broken sleep. Early start this morning in...