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  • Blog Post: Steady progress then family tragedy

    The surgeon had closed the operation scar in my tummy with metal clips (there were also metal clips inside me but I didn’t learn about those until later). I booked an appointment with my GP nurse, about six weeks later. When I turned up, she asked if I had any medical pliers, which I should have...
  • Forum Post: ileostomy reversal - the operation

    Hi all, My reversal is booked for next wednesday and whilst my bowel habits will be unknown until after the op I just wondered what I could expect from the operation itself. I had a laproscopic LAR at the end of August so my recovery period was pretty quick. I was able to do most things after about...
  • Blog Post: When is right to return to work!?

    Hey. Well my op was four and a Half weeks ago now, I am getting stronger each day I am now managing to do light bits of house work etc but in still shattered. I have to doctor again this week but when is right for me to go back to work? I don't feel ready yet but I also don't want it...
  • Blog Post: In the beginning

    Early in 2004, when I was 58, I went to see my GP about my twice nightly visits to the toilet. I knew that it is a common occurrence amongst men of my age and expected to be referred for ‘a simple procedure’ to the prostate gland to fix the problem. First, as a routine, I was asked to have...
  • Blog Post: One week and two days to go.....

    So its one week and two days to go.... everytime i think about it my tummy does somersaults, i get the runs and i panic.. all natural reactions though eh?? Im still at work (i come off this friday - haveign to build up flexi to take the Monday and Tuesday off though....) but its all i can think about...
  • Forum Post: I am booked in for my uplift/reduction on good side. What is the recovery like for this op?

    Hi there, I am booked in for an uplift/reduction on good side and nipple recon on my recon side. Can anyone tell me how quickly they recovered from this op (nurse told me 4 weeks) as I have an important event to attend a week after it and wonder if I will be able to cope with it. Thanks Janet...
  • Blog Post: 1st Entry... A little info...

    My story so far…. I found out on 11 th February 2013 that I am a BRCA1 carrier. Truth be told, I wasn’t sure what to think… “Did this mean I was going to die?” was probably the first thought that went through my head, for some random reason. I have a strong family history...
  • Forum Post: How do you deal with it?

    Hi everyone. Firstly, thanks for reading this post as it is very important to me and my family, hopefully it will be relevant to you and insightful. I am sorry if it is very typical and something you must have seen a number of times, but please help us out if you are in a similar situation : / ...
  • Forum Post: Re: The Story So Far...

    Hi Crystal, Thank you so much for your kind words, before I joined the site I used to follow all your lovely messages to others before me. You always seem to find the time to offer comfort and share your positive messages. Dad is doing not too bad, he is in for a meeting with the radiologist tomorrow...
  • Forum Post: Advice regarding whether to have operation

    Hi all, I am new to this forum, but have already found the posts on here to be really helpful, so thank you. My Dad was diagnosed with stomach cancer the week before Christmas. It is a diffuse cancer and has spread within the stomach and into the stomach wall, but not into another organ. They found...
  • Blog Post: Operation scheduled

    Well Dr's confident about how to proceed in removing the mass. It's not near any major blood vessels and has well defined margins. He talked about the possibility it could grow back so will need follow-up MRIs in the future to monitor it and as time passes the likelihood for regrowth will decrease...
  • Blog Post: So...here goes

    So, hi there. I'm new to this. Where do I start? Bring you up to date? Dad had a huge belly. He was a good eater, so we thought it was too much rich food and Guiness. He had trouble peeing, but thought nothing of it. A proud man usually doesn't. Anyway, turns out he had been retaining urine...
  • Forum Post: Awaiting results....Scared

    Hi I am new to the site I am Katie and 20 years old. After nine years of being treated for migraine, after going to an optician in April and failing the tests and having a MRI at the hospital, I have recently had an operation in May this year for the removal of 3 brain tumours. I have been recovering...
  • Blog Post: Completed - one operation 14 June 2010

    Matt had his operation at 8.30am this morning, well that is when he went down to be prepared and he came back on the ward just before 1pm [ a long time to be gone and in the care of others] We were told they had removed the 4 lesions as planned and taken skin for graft from behind his ear, also a...
  • Blog Post: Graphic post Op Photo - Leg after 2 wks 2 days

  • Blog Post: The Op

    Hi im starting this blog with the Op, when i get round to it ill fill in the diagnoses before it. On Monday i had lumpectomy with full lymph node clearance for breast cancer. The operation went fine. The nightmare then started i went back onto a womans health ward with only 10 beds open in a busy hospital...
  • Blog Post: My Dad

    Like all daughters ( or most!!) my Dad is my superhero so needless to say this came as a total shock to us. There are no words to convey just how awful it feels . I have some blog entries I made on another site that I will copy and paste here , I suppose to show the harsh effect its had so far...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts from the frontline - 21

    Well, we are now here. The day I go back into hospital for "the big one". And the most important thing for me to say today is THANK YOU. Everybody who reads my rambling utterings on this site has helped me get through these 43 days since we found this cancer inside my bladder. I think that...
  • Blog Post: Last day – Didn't we have a lovely time!

    I have spent the last few days in a state of euphoria, tipsyness and with the odd tiny moment of impending doom. It's been an intoxicating mix. And now at last (insert fanfare) we arrive at The Last Day. But I am skipping ahead. A and I had our engagement/house warming/pre operation shindig on Sunday...
  • Forum Post: He's had the operation

    Hi there Well Trevor had the operation yesterday. Was a lot longer than anticipated but the surgeon was determined to do it as a keyhole op, She was very happy with the results but he has a stoma/bag. Because the tumour was lower in the bowel than first thought the surgeon wants the repair to heal...
  • Forum Post: Input appreciated!

    My wife had an operation on Sept 5 to remove a growth in her ascending colon. The surgeon says he successfully removed the tumor. No bag was necessary. There is some sign of metastases in her liver that we will treat with chemo later. She has been recovering well since the operation and her bowel...
  • Forum Post: What complication?

    Hi all I'm going in to have my operation next week. I was wondering what complications any of you have had, and what scaring you have? I have been diagnosed with Metastatic melignant melanoma of the left auxillary lymmphnode.(under left arm pit). I have only ever benn in hospital when I was 4 to...
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