Maybe a bit of food poisoning, or eaten a moody take-away? Have you ever had the odd stomach cramp? Trapped wind perhaps, or maybe the problem was that wind was far from being trapped? Of course you have; as have we all, and thought nothing of it. Right!
Personally, I have always considered myself a bit of a hypochondriac. As a male I rarely get just a cold, it is usually Man flu. A headache would obviously be some type of meningitis, and if I felt sick, well, it’s probably some exotic tropical virus or S.A.R.S. So when I got a bit of gastric trouble, and spent a rather uncomfortable evening on the loo. It wasn’t the extra spicy Singapore noodle that had set my arse off – Oh no. No, this had ulcer written all over it as far as I was concerned. So you can imagine the surprise I got when after having this bit of a dodgy stomach, and to be fair, quite a bad case of stinging ring investigated, I was told that I had Cancer of the Colon.
In the UK every year over 35,000 people get cancer of the colon, with more than half of those dying due to their lack of education about its symptoms, and therefore being diagnosed too late. There is also a significant increase in the number of younger people getting this disease and dying simply because, like me, they ignore that post take away arse as nothing out of the norm.
If you or a family member or friend is diagnosed with Bowel/colon cancer then this book will hopefully be of some use and comfort. But I really wrote this book for all of those people, who thought like me that cancer and its treatments begins and ends with losing your hair and sitting around in hospitals like a displaced Hare Krishna convention, whilst having an uncontrollable urge to run the marathon. I want to allay, if at all possible, some the fears that we all have of cancer without boring anyone to tears or being over emotional. More people than ever are surviving, and go on to live a normal life. I am not a doctor, nor have I ever had any medical training, so I found that I didn’t really understand a lot of what was being talked about by the doctors. Questions like: What is Chemotherapy and what does it do? What happens during Radiotherapy?