Author Archives: dolly61

About dolly61

Bit stubborn - this has come in handy lately.

“What the hell are we supposed to use, man? Harsh language?”

I can’t believe my last post on here was written in August 2014.  Blimey! I was in hospital, I was having trouble with my “miracle bowel” and getting used to life with a stoma and a colostomy.  Did the tea … Continue reading

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“You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with do you?”

Oh and it was going so well. I got tired sometimes but I was eating well (really well she says thinking of steak and sweet potato mash and gammon and pineapple and scrambled egg ….hmm? Sorry I just went to … Continue reading

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“Ripley this is an order – open that hatch right now”

(Gang this post covers some pretty serious ground – just a warning) Early hours Tuesday – I couldn’t understand why the nice man in A&E was asking the question.  Did I want to be resuscitated “if it should come to … Continue reading

Posted in anal cancer, mucositis, sepsis, terminal cancer | 3 Comments

My break up with Vinnie

Well he’s gone and I’ve made the decision the break up is permanent. I need to start off by being very clear about this. Chemotherapy is an invaluable tool in fighting cancer either killing it completely or providing some palliative … Continue reading

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Get the cannoli ready – he’s coming back

“Excuse me? Say that again?” The nice young doctor at A&E continued to look bemused and repeated “There’s something weird about your X-ray. The stent you had fitted has … Gone.” I mentioned the stent last time. It’s a three … Continue reading

Posted in anal cancer, Bowel stent, Chemo, colostomy, terminal cancer, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The sigh of relief of DOOM

When will I learn? It’s embarrassing. I love a good horror film and I know how they work. Our hero leans against the wall after a particularly scary encounter, blows out a huge sigh of relief and BANG my popcorn … Continue reading

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I didn’t know what a stent is either …

Well this is all a bit embarrassing. Guess where I am? I’ll give you a clue. They gave me my meds at 5.30am and I’m sporting some rather fetching paper pants. So here’s what happened. I may have mentioned the … Continue reading

Posted in anal cancer, Bowel stent, terminal cancer | 5 Comments

“Well I’m sorry to disappoint you”

Dear “Alien”, At the risk of bad karma by gloating I’ve got to say you must be feeling pretty disappointed recently.  First that phone call from my lovely Consultant telling me that as the tumour on my liver is pretty … Continue reading

Posted in anal cancer, Chemo, RFA, terminal cancer | 1 Comment

“This is Rumour Control. Here are the facts …”

So I got the results of the latest PET scan today.  The secondary cancer is growing but slowly.  A centimetre has become 2cm in some cases.  The bright light of sugar intake that caused slight concern was on my liver. … Continue reading

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“That’s amazing. What is it?”

If you want to feel a bit like Ripley on an alien planet without the pesky face huggers risk but with the protective clothing, bleak beautiful landscapes and howling wind may I suggest a short trip to Iceland in February. … Continue reading

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