Two days after that, I went to our GP to check out a lump I thought I could feel in my stomach.
Since then, our lives have been in a kind of limbo, if you can call it that, while simultaneously being on a roller coaster of emotion. In the two months since that visit to the GP I have had ultrasound, a colonoscopy, an endoscopy, a biopsy and a CT scan - not to mention a couple of visits to a gastro-enterologist.
The end result was the devastating news that I have cancer of the liver. You know, you can try to prepare yourself for the worst but nothing can really prepare you for that sort of news!
But wait, because it is not all doom and gloom. For one thing, a lot of the tests I underwent were to determine if there was cancer elsewhere in my body. And there isn't. And because it is confined to the liver, they can treat it with tablets which are designed to shrink "the blighter" as my ex-boss called it (up to that point, I had called it another word beginning with 'b' but I won't stoop to that sort of language here!). The drug aims to cut the blood supply to the tumour and once it has shrunk, the plan is to stabilise it.
Those of you who know me personally, know that I am a pretty strong, upbeat and positive sort of person. I have had the most amazing support from family and friends who already know the situation. This is the biggest thing I have ever had to deal with, but I am determined to live as normal a life as possible. Anything less would feel like defeat!
Although we haven't done very much in the last couple of months, besides hospital visits, I will resume updating the blog, probably in the next few days. Well, it's what I normally do, isn't it!!!
Watch this space....I'll be back soon. xx