Whilst Steve from our support group was recovering from his operation in Basingstoke, he put together this poem about his journey so far:
Nauseous, cramps, and no appetite,
Restless, fatigued, but can't sleep at night.
Doctors, nurses, booking appointments,
Clinics, hospitals, waiting in out-patients.
It's a brand new day, the pain's the same.
Examinations, ultrasound, and MRI,
Nil by mouth, and drinks with dye,
Diagnosed, confused, I'm told it's rare,
Another consultant, we can't treat you here
It's a brand new day, the pain's the same
Surgery, hipec, and itc,
Drips and iv tubes for all to see,
Aftercare, physio, and annual scan
Faced it full on fought like a man.
It's a brand new day, the pain's no more.
That just about sums it up for so many of us - facing it full on and coming out the other side. Thank you, Steve, for sharing it with us.