It’s been a while since my last update but regular readers will know I’ve been suffering with serious health problems since September of this year. To be honest I hadn’t written much for over a year before that but it’s great to finally have a legitimate excuse for slow updates. There are some developments to share at last and I won’t rehash the things I’ve already written about. If you want the full story then you can read the following:
Previously on Dan…
So, when we last left the story I was waiting for some kind of diagnosis from The Christie in Manchester and news of any possible treatment. I was called for more CT scans and blood tests a couple of weeks ago and then I met the consultant there earlier this week.
The big news is they think they finally have a proper diagnosis. (Drum roll please) I have a condition called Pseudomyxoma peritonei (that’ll get you a good score in Scrabble). I won’t go into extended detail here because it’s not pleasant and those who want to know more can easily look it up. Basically it means I have tumours in my abdomen and probably on my appendix. They produce this mucus fluid that builds up and can cause great pressure internally. It would explain many of the symptoms I’ve experienced for years and the doctor even admitted I might have had it quite a while.
There’s good news though. It is operable and given my age and fitness there’s a 75% chance of a complete cure. It involves major surgery and it won’t be easy. I will also be given chemotherapy via a pump while still unconscious, this should kill any cells they can’t see or cut out directly. It just ensures everything is taken care of. They remove some organs you can live without too. All in all the operation takes 12 hours and obviously I’ll need months to recover afterwards but the big thing to remember here is I could end up fitter than I’ve been in years.
So my basic plan for now is to enjoy Christmas & New Year, get as fit as I can and then undergo surgery in January. Probably the middle to end of Jan. I don’t have a date yet.
It’s a relief to finally know what’s wrong with me and also that it’s treatable because I’ve been in limbo so long. The wheel of fortune was spinning and I may not have won a caravan or a holiday in Tenerife (look up the reference younger readers), but I have won a chance to beat this and get fully fit again. That’s what I shall be doing in 2016. I considered calling this post “the wheel of misfortune” but I honestly don’t feel like that. It’s going to be a long road but I’ve never backed out of a fight in my life and I’m ready to hit this head on. The Christie is the absolute best place in the country to do this, if not the world, they have an amazing record.
So now you’re all up to date. I hope to see many of you over the holiday season and I hope you all have a good time. I will be. Any more details I will let you know.
Ciao for now,