Friday, 20 November 2015

The C Word

You've just been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. It's on the lining of your lung… It's not curable. Yes you can have chemotherapy, but all that's going to do is prolong the inevitable. I just can't believe this is happening. I just want you to know that I love you with all my heart and that I will look after Nanny the whole time. 

My grandfather just got diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Caused by asbestos many many years ago. The cure…. Well there isn't one. This type of cancer forms less than 1% of those diagnosed with cancer in the UK. It affects the protective  lining of many organs in the body.

Bamp has been ill for a while… Started with a chest infection which just wouldn't clear up. They figured out he had fluid on the lung that just wasn't shifting like it usually should. So had to have a drain… We thought all was going to be ok. Waited for a follow up appointment & they decided they had to drain fluid again as the lung had filled back up & also to have a biopsy.
Now whenever I hear about someone having a biopsy I always start to think that it's not going to be good news, just from previous experiences it hasn't been, and unfortunately I was right.

Friday 13th November 2015 I took you & Nanny for your appointment at our local hospital… You were pretty much yourself in the car on the way down even though I knew you were worried. The fact that you told me to wait in the waiting room made me worried…. You knew it wasn't going to be good news. I could tell when you walked out the room …. You stood there and told me it was a form of cancer and that you had to see another specialist. My heart sank further…. You've always been a strong man, a  man who has worked all his life, a man who is so stubborn … But at that moment you looked so different.

Come forward to today, November 17th…. You went to meet the specialist. My auntie took you this time, another set of ears to listen. The doctor told you all you needed to know… It wasn't curable but they could try and prolong it. Chemotherapy starts soon. You need to take care especially at this time of year of being around those with colds, those who haven't had the flu jab it's advised you don't be around them. From what the doctor said it sounds like they'll take good care of you, they have a hotline available 24/7… No matter what it is if you or anyone else is worried then you can call anytime.  They'll keep an eye on you & the side affects, monitor your blood, and everything else. Sounds like you will be well looked after and supported. Not only by the professionals but by us , all your family too. They say the figure is 50% of patients survive 12 months.

You've got to keep strong & positive, you've got to walk your daughter down the aisle in May & watch my dad get married for the second time in October. Use your stubbornness to fight this horrible thing for as long as possible. Be one of the 50% …. Please!

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