I'm back, sorry for being away so long, as you know I had to go into hospital and have a pretty nasty operation, I wasn't going to blog about it as I hope you'll agree that this is a light hearted blog, however I have realised how important it is to spread the word and make people aware of your own bodies and to say that if you do feel that something is wrong, to keep pestering your G.P. so please excuse my little rant.
Basically I have been feeling unwell for 4 years now and my G.P kept telling me that I was too young (40, that's not young!) to have anything seriously wrong and that if it was serious it would show up in my blood tests. Well a couple of months ago I was told that I had bowel cancer and that I'd have to have part of my bowel removed (which is why I have been into hospital) and I am so angry that my G.P. didn't listen. Luckily for me they managed to remove the tumour without it having spread, but that doesn't stop me feeling angry. The doctor made me feel like I was being a hypochondriac and when she did eventually send me to a specialist he too made me feel the same, he was actually going to discharge me the next time he saw me but luckily for me he was away and I had a different consultant and she sent me for further tests, which was when it was found.
Anyway I don't want to waffle on too much as I am now in recovery. However I just wanted to say that if anyone out there has any symptoms that they are worried about, please feel free to contact me. Don't be embarrassed by it. It is very important to be aware of what is normal for you, so you can recognise any unusual changes and act quickly to get them investigated.The good news is that bowel cancer can be successfully treated in over 90% of cases, if it is diagnosed at an early stage, before it has had a chance to spread.
If you are having issues but don't feel you can contact me then this is a good website to look at: www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk
Of course I am hoping that I don't hear from any of you because you are all well and happy. My next challenge are a couple of cysts found on my ovaries, fingers crossed on that one as I haven't been lucky enough to have babies yet and time is running out.
The blog will resume back to more happy thoughts & images on Wednesday.
Thank you all so much again for following me x