- #901159KiwikevNZ January 11, 2014 at 12:17 am
In May 2013 I had these pesky little chest pains; I knew they weren’t heart pains so wasn’t too concerned to rush off to the doctor.
When I finally went the diagnosis was a rib-meets-breastbone infection called costochondritis. I was happy it was nothing and carried on with some antibiotics.
As the weeks went by not much changed until one day I thought I was having some difficulty swallowing some foods.
I went back to the doctor again and this time I was sent off to the hospital for an endoscope. It wasn’t that pleasant and the result was worse: On June 18 I was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus.
Wow, that turned our world upside down and inside out.
By this time I was generally feeling quite unwell and had lost 36kg since the beginning of the year.
The public health system went into overdrive for me and during the next weeks I had many scans CT, MRI, PET, to which found I had a 4cm tumor in my oesophagus with no spread to any other part of the body.
I was booked for nine weeks of chemotherapy and a small operation to insert a portacath into my chest so I could self medicate at home. I had one hospital chemo day every three weeks and just a bottle change every week.
A trip to Hamilton Hospital was arranged for a fine needle biopsy and CT scan. The chemotherapy had shrunk the tumor to 1.5cm and with this good result they were ready to operate.
December 11 was the date, and I was told to expect to be in hospital for Christmas and possibly New Year, and to get my house in order before then as well.
After 10 hours on the table the doctor was happy to report that I was well within the parameters of being cancer-free.
I worked really hard on getting better and on December 22 I walked out of the hospital.
A shot glass of soup for Christmas dinner and I was happy.
A few more months of rehabilitation and I should be well on the way back to a normal life.
I think 2014 can only get better for my family and I, and we can’t wait to be back to normal.
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Replies: 12700Anonymous January 11, 2014 at 7:27 am
Think this is a really good place to post KiwikevNZ….it will give encouragement to anyone else going through the same battle. I wish you all the best for 2014…..as you say, it couldn’t get worse! here’s to a long and happy future.#901163beachbelleMemberMember since: June 24, 2006
Replies: 959beachbelle January 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm
Good on you for posting, I wish you well for the future#901165KiwikevNZ January 13, 2014 at 12:46 am
Thank you so much Silverfern & Beachbelle 🙂 it has been a hard thing to put down in writing in a short type from, with so many things and people not getting the justice they deserve, the ppl and the teams that literally kept me alive for the first 48 hours and others for the 10 day later. My wife (member too) wants to add to at some stage her feelings goin thru this from her “waiting point of view” and still having to look after me today changing yucky dressings etc. Thanks again… Kev.G#901167LoyalMemberMember since: March 1, 2010
Replies: 17016Loyal January 15, 2014 at 10:59 am
:)Hey there Kiwikev, very interested to read your story, thankyou for posting.
A hard topic for sure, but very relevant to many. So many families affected by similar stories, where the whole family finds their lives turned upside down. The chemo is so very hard on ones body for sure, its always in the hope of a good outcome of course….but sure isn’t an easy time! Would be very interested to hear your wifes story as well at some stage. All the best!
Loyal - Bay of Plenty 🙂#901169happyshepherdMemberMember since: July 8, 2010
Replies: 40happyshepherd January 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm
Hi Kiwikev. I too wish you all the best. I know how you feel as I had a few "little" symptoms which the "locum" doctor did not take very seriously. However the nurse did, gave him a "nudge" and I was soon in for tests. I too must thank the public health system as they wasted no time getting results. They are often maligned( which is probably due to lack of funds ) but if things are serious they are absolutely brilliant. My problems started in mid August and by mid September I was in Dunedin Hospital for a "Whipples". ( for pancreatic cancer). 12 hours in theatre and 2 1/2 weeks in hospital and I am fine. I have decided not to have "chemo" and life is good just now. Long may it last. I hope all goes well for you in 2014. I am told attitude is all, so stay happy and positive and enjoy life and, with a bit of luck, you ( and I ) will be around for a long time yet.#901171KiwikevNZ January 24, 2014 at 11:10 am
Thank you all for your kind words, things are starting to come right after the operation, still have a couple of little infection spots, this week started my chemo again 3×3 or 9 weeks of, hopefully we breeze thru it like we did the 1st round before the operation. and yip happyshepard lets hope we’re here for a long time yet, very best of luck to you too 😀#901173LoyalMemberMember since: March 1, 2010
Replies: 17016Loyal January 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm
I sure do hope you breeze through the chemo Kev. Tell you what you’re indeed very fortunate if you can breeze through it without many side effects, as many of us struggle with it. Not a nice time at all. The administering of it is fine, its what comes the next 10 days or so that’s the problem really. I sincerely do hope you are able to come through the chemo with flying colours though! 😀
Loyal - Bay of Plenty 🙂#901175KiwikevNZ January 25, 2014 at 8:41 am
good morning loyal 🙂 , yes i was fortunate enough to breeze thru my first round of chemo with little side effects i had some vomiting, minor hair loss, and one infection that required 3 days in hospital, and yes i have heard some horror stories that ppl have had. i have heard that the second round often isnt as nice as the first so we’re fingers crossed that all goes well. i have 1 big day at the hospital then i come home with a infuser bottle attached 24/7 that gets changed every week for 2 weeks then another big hospital day and bottle 2 weeks until my 9 weeks is up. it has only been 3 days of this round so eary days yet, again fingers crossed and thank you for your kind words, have a lovely day in Opotiki. cheers kevin. 🙂#901177KwixyMemberMember since: May 27, 2007
Replies: 126Kwixy January 25, 2014 at 9:58 am
🙂 All the best for 2014 and the journey ahead of you Kev. You sound as though you are the sort of person who sees his glass as half full, and not half empty as some do. Your positive attitude will certainly be a great asset as you continue to fight the fight. I am a big C survivor of many years standing now, and yes, it was pretty rough in the beginning but you just keep thinking of all the things you have to live for, and to look forward to, and you tell yourself, that this too ( the bad day) will pass and you ain’t giving in to it anyway! While there is life there is hope, and day by day, the medical treatments are getting better and more effective. It is amazing what can be done now . I have huge faith and confidence in the medical profession at this level of things. There are some absolutely brilliant men and women working in this field today. Trust them. Good Luck.
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