I'm 57 years old and have just been diagnosed with stomach cancer. This blog is intended for me to get my thoughts together and even, occasionally, rage against this disease.
Well, I've negotiated my way through 4 sessions of FLOT chemo. Next hurdle coming up is "the biggie"! In four hours I'll be making my way to hospital and will undergo a gastrectomy tomorrow. Whilst I'm quite apprehensive about the surgery the worst moment was yesterday when I wrote a letter to my daughter incase the worst should happen! I'm trying to remain positive but it's the old adage "Prepare for the worst and hope for the best".
This week we have had lots of positivity on this site, which is excellent news for all concerned. I hope some of it makes its way in my direction.
Try and be positive yourself and believe that you will get through the surgery. I was the same age as you last year when I went through the Ivor Lewis surgery. I had also been a smoker for over 45 years and the thought of having my right lung collapsed for 8 hours during surgery didn't sound like a good idea. I got through it all, including a chest infection and wound infection, all in I was in hospital for 12 days and here I am today over a year later and still here. Life's changed but I'm getting used to it, eating is different but generally grateful to be alive. Good luck and kind regards Frank
Thanks for your kind words of encouragement Frank. Wishing you continued improvement and good health.
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