It’s amazing to think that one minute I’m back from a holiday in the Caribbean and the next minute I’m being told the inside of my body is a ‘train crash’. Just how does that work? In July 2010, I said to the Gastroenterologist investigating my low hemoglobin “I’m not even feeling ill”. He sent me to an Oncologist who then told me that without treatment, the prognosis wasn’t good (i.e. I would eventually die). I also told him I wasn’t feeling ill ….as if my protest was somehow going to reverse the situation!
- 20 months prior I had a colonoscopy after a short-term change of stool colour. Nothing found.
- I also had some very infrequent bouts of diarrhea – I don’t normally get diarrhea so it must be something I’d eaten……… I carried on.
- I started experiencing ‘flushing’ sensations (hot but dry) some 6-9 months prior to diagnosis – Despite this being very strange, I kept this to myself and ……..I carried on.
- I was exhausted – I blamed it on my appetite for work……..I carried on.
Boy, am I now in tune with my body! If you think something is wrong and it just isn’t normal, follow your gut instinct, see someone, see that someone again and then see someone else if necessary. Keep a detailed diary of your symptoms, do your homework and let the medical practitioner know everything. This is the least you can do. This is also extremely relevant after diagnosis.
Doctors don’t have a cure for your “stiff upper lip”, there is no prescription. Only YOU can take action. Now go see that doctor or at least talk to someone.
Procrastination, aided and abetted by your ‘stiff upper lip’ – it’s a killer.
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