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  • Writer's pictureCaroline Dell

Ding Ding... Seconds Out ... Round Two !!


Thursday 9th May 2024 : 10.45am - Round 2, Cycle 1


Finally, I have my hair back, finally I have my photography mojo back, finally life seems to be returning to a bit of normal (albeit no "finally" in the weight loss department) but Oh No ... life was just jesting.


My last update was September last year when I reported on the results of the August scan. Well I'd been trundling along with life, back into some semblance of normality and then over the course of the last few weeks, I started noticing niggles. Tummy pain, shortness of breath, but put it down to the ongoing drug regime for my Dermatomyositis and the Menopause (blame everything on the menopause) but the niggles persisted.


A trip to the GP to see if we could effect a "quick fix" and it became apparent that things were maybe not as simple as hoped for. Referral back to the oncology department who very quickly decided that a further scan was in order - from No Symptoms to Symptoms = Scan.


Last Thursday was two weeks since the scan and Andrew and I were sat in my Consultants room at Weston Park ..... with the dreaded tissue box and two additional nurses - you know that what's coming isn't going to be good news. And it wasn't.


The micro dots on the August scan are now worthy of some Chemo treatment. So Lungs, Peritoneum and one sub-clavicalular Lymph node, watch out, we are coming for you.


The last time round was pretty horrendous and the plan is to go at it full throttle but to re-asses after each cycle. We may need to adjust dose or change regime but we are aiming for 6 cycles.


When I was told I had cancer, the first time round, there is a gut wrenching fear of the unknown, how would treatment work, how would i respond, what would it be like, this time there is a quiet acceptance, a calm before the storm but a degree of trepidation knowing what is likely to come.


My brain has slipped into "practical mode". Bottles of water, packets of Senna, (a spreadsheet for recording bowel movements or lack of - this is a BIG issue) Bonjela, comfortable clothes and my crocs. Pack up's for treatment days, things I liked to eat and things I didn't, books, crosswords and a chance to watch a 3 hour film that Andrew has no interest in watching.


We take the positives - I responded really well to chemo last time, and all things being equal my oncology team are confident that it will be the same outcome this time round....










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lisa_wildgoose1
09 may

Oh Caro. How did I miss this? I’m so sorry you are ygoing through this again. Just remember how strong you are. Your a fighter. You got this! We are all behind you every step of the way. Sending lots of love. Lisa Wildgoose xxx

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Pandora Maund
Pandora Maund
28 abr

Your friends will be right there for you on this next rollercoaster ride to help you with the lows and celebrate the highs. I'll also remember that pea soup is perhaps not the best choice when you leave me to go to the shops and get something 🤢. Sending big hugs my friend. xxx

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barb1314
28 abr

Darling Caro

I’m so bloody sorry to read this. What a shit thing to happen to such an incredible human. But as we know from previous experience you’re a true warrior and have amazing Andrew and your friends and family by your side. Wishing you so much love in your next battle. Love you loads. Barb and Ella xxxxxxxxxxx

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alexandrawinkley579
28 abr

Why does life have to be so unfair for all the wonderful lovely people like you Caro, sending lots of love and hugs from me xxx

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ianbower14
ianbower14
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Hey up lass sorry to read this and after that I don’t really know what to say so in stead I just send a huge hug and wish yo all the luck in the world …..

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