This is Becci’s story, in her own words:-
I have finally plucked up the courage to share my story a little more in depth.
**Warning this is a long read but if you can just spare 5/10 mins to read it, this would mean the world 🌎 to me**
I was diagnosed last May 2020 with an aggressive form of bowel cancer and had a temporary stoma fitted, in July/August 2020. I under went radiotherapy and chemotherapy side by side, 5 days a week, for 5 weeks. This is classed as a long course treatment to batter the tumour before surgery.
In October 2020, I had to under go having my whole colon removed along with a new stoma which is now permanent and I also had to undergo a full hysterectomy along with a hernia repair. I was on the operation table for 9 and a half hours! I then spent 5 days in intensive care.
Shortly following this operation I caught Covid whilst still in hospital, 3 weeks later still having Covid, I had to undergo life saving surgery to have 30cm of my bowel removed due to a complication after the first surgery which had caused a major obstruction. I came very close to not making it and caused a few people around me a few extra grey hairs on more than one occasion (lol) and I ended up spending a total of 6 and half weeks in hospital. I came home just before Christmas 2020.
On January 13th this year 2021, I started another cycle of chemotherapy but more aggressive; which is 3 hours on a chemotherapy drip combined with 14 days tablets, followed which a 1 week break and the start again….
After my first cycle it landed me in hospital for 10 days due to me having every side effect possible !!
I then said I couldn’t do it anymore but with the support of family/friends and Hospice of the Valleys I took the brave step to restart my chemotherapy again with a reduced dose. I have managed another 2 cycles which I’m currently going through at the moment and have at least another 2 cycles to go yet.
Everything we have gone through we have had to do on our own due to Covid. My other half had to drop me at the hospital the day before surgery not knowing if he would ever see me again, walking out of my home the day before saying goodbye to my children knowing they didn’t fully understand I might not return.
The Hospice has given us so much support on such a limited budget, they have assisted in providing counselling for me and my children, they have helped with medication issues, home visits and reflexology to help me. They are a small local Hospice who have gone above and beyond in their role, and if I could ask one thing of anyone please just click the link and sponsor my cousin Jason Staddon who is taking part in the 6 mile race for the Hospice on my behalf.
As silly as it sounds just £1 could make a difference to the next person going through this.
So u thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤ to anyone who has taken the time to read this, to my family and friends and the Hospice of the Valleys.
(PS And to anyone who I gave grey hairs to I’ll provide you with a dye pack lol )
Thank you Becci for sharing your story with us and allowing us to share with our community.