Hi everyone. My username is AliceInWonderland because my whole family is a little mad and wonderfully weird. Also its my favourite movie. I am a young woman with three beautiful children aged 14, 11 and 6.
I was diagnosed with stage 4 Colon cancer last October after presenting myself to the A&E department with severe abdominal pain. My symptoms were apparent for at least 3 years prior to this but because of my age, they were often dismissed as constipation, stress, depression, UTI's etc. After emergency surgery to remove the large tumor from my bowel, I was told that unfortunately the bowel had already been perferated and that the cancer had spread to my stomach lining (peritoneum) and my liver. My prognosis was bleak and I was told that I have a 60% chance of living the next 3 years and a 6% chance of making it to 5 years. I was also told that there is a very high end operation that can be done but because of the large amount of disease in me I would not be suitable for it.
Since then I have been put on a heavy regime of 12 rounds of chemo which includes the new genetic specific chemo called Vectibix. After round 6 my tumor markers had fallen from 63 to 4.8 and my oncologist submitted a new application for the surgery to be done. I have now been called in for a laparoscomy so that the surgeon can make a more informed decision on if the surgery can be done.
This is all very positive news for me and I am hoping to get a lot more than 3 years with my precious babies.