On Monday afternoon, after weeks of tests and scans, my Mum was finally given the news we had been dreading. She has bowel cancer. Again. She was first diagnosed 24 years ago, had an operation and was successfully cleared of the disease, not needing any other treatment. But she has it again. It is not the same cancer but a new one and her doctor said she is very unlucky to get it a second time.
At 88 Mum's general health is very good. She has difficulty walking, managing short distances with a stick but her heart is sound and her BP mostly normal. So she is to have an operation and the doctor says he is confident that all should go very well.
Mum is quite pragmatic about it all. I have to say I feel fairly confident about the outcome, if a little anxious. But it has to be done and quite soon. She is very anaemic and that has to be dealt with initially but the operation should take place within the next few weeks.
The thin end of the wedge
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