Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The second opinion


Since my local hospital had told me that my tumour was inoperable and incurable I came to the decision that I needed a second opinion. It may sound odd, but I did not come to this conclusion quickly or easily. I suppose I have been in shock.
My GP suggested I go the Royal Marsden, a cancer hospital in London with a wonderful reputation. It is a long way to go, but worth every mile.
I have been three times now, and every time I have been impressed. They are friendly, efficient and knowledgable. It is such a relief.
Yesterday they told me that they DO consider me to be a candidate for surgery. I need to have another detailed scan, and more exploratory tests so it is not definite yet. However, if these further diagnostics go well I will be operated on mid September. A major operation. Complicated and challenging, but I feel so blessed to be even given the chance.
I am pretty shellshocked by the news. So is my family. I want to get excited but don't want to get my expectations up too high until I have had the tests which happen at the end of this month.
My advice to anyone out there who isn't happy with a first opinion on a medical matter, take all your courage in your hands and ask for another opinion. Another pair of eyes. I am so glad I did.

19 comments:

karen gerstenberger said...

Oh, I am SO glad that you followed your instincts and went for a second opinion! I see what you mean about not wanting to indulge in false hope, but perhaps this is a time to simply hold hope of whatever type. I am thrilled that you are a candidate for surgery. That gives me hope! And I am thrilled to hear how carefully they are preparing your scans and tests. That makes me hopeful, too.
Your life is precious, as you know. When you have a date, please let us know so that we can pray with you and your surgical team.
Sending love, prayers and HOPE.

Sage said...

Jo, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.. xx xx

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am so sorry to hear you had bad news from the get go. This second opinion is very good....crossing my fingers, sending up prayers that it goes well for you.
I am sure you are surrounded with lots of love and encouragement, and that helps with any life challenges.
Hugs and prayers to you Jo!
Please keep us updated.
xoxo
Suz

Snowdrop said...

Wow! That is encouraging. I will be keeping everything crossed for you Jo.

SDx

jinksy said...

May the test results confirm the optomistic view for you. All best wishes to you, Blogpal.

Nota Bene said...

Good luck...well done for your persistence...I really hope they're right and it all works out..

Bragger said...

I hope your surgery is a tremendous success. I am pulling for you!

Renie Burghardt said...

I am glad you went for a second opinion as well, Jo. Hold on to hope, it will get you through the toughest times.

Hugs and lots of prayers and well wishes coming your way. Please keep us updated.

Renie xox

Eliza said...

So glad you pushed for a second opinion. The Marsden is a wonderful place. You're in my thoughts.

Brett said...

Great news.

Polergirl said...

NEVER give up hope. The body and mind are amazing. Medical science is still in the dark ages, but always progressing. Keep your strength of spirit up, and when you feel weak, take strength from those around you who are sending you lots of love, energy and positivity. We are all with you Jo x

Clippy Mat said...

Jo: I was so delighted when I read this on Facebook but coming over here and reading these lovely comments from your bloggy buddies I wanted to add my own. However, I can't think of anything to add to these words of support, love and prayers that people have left here.You are in the hearts and minds of so many people. I hope this carries you forward through the next step.
Sending you warm hugs,
Pat :-)

Anonymous said...

Really hope that this works out as good as it seems it might. Rooting for you.

Irene

l'optimiste said...

this is so great!! I know you will beat this Jo. I know.
x

Pam said...

That's great news on the second opinion. Like everyone else on here I'm routing for you on this.

Irritatingly Optimistic said...

Jo, I think about you often and what you and the family are going through. x

Maggie May said...

It is quite scary that a local hospital can tell you such a damning thing. So pleased that you went for the second opinion.
I expect you will face any surgery willingly (like I would0 in order to get a second chance.
I think about you often.
We seem *in it together*.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Ladybird World Mother said...

Brilliant. Was thinking of you today and am mighty glad that you have found this second opinion to be a good one to follow. Hugs galore and keep us posted. xxxx

cheshire wife said...

I have just been catching up with your blog. I was shocked to read your bad news and I do hope that the Royal Marsden can help you.

CWx