Hi Everyone, Quick rundown, my husband who is 32 years old, was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer in January this year. Since then, he has undergone 5 Weeks of combined Chemo and Radiation for five days a week. He had the Chemo tablets so as he could do this at home. Yesterday after seeing the Surgeon, we have scheduled in the MRI to check on the progress of all of this. His cancer was pretty large in size and very low down. It was pushing very close to his Prostate, and is too close to the muscles at the very bottom of his Rectum, which would make it a very complicated surgery and would lead to him having a permanent Colostomy bag if they couldnt shrink enough for surgery. As well as showing concern of spreading to the prostate. We have to wait for the MRI to know if this is the case or not. His surgery is scheduled for May. After which he will undergo 6months of Chemotherapy - A stronger dose, some of which will be administered via IV. We were told that when he undergoes this Chemo, he will have to wear gloves when handling our newborn (Due Sept 1st). Unless of course we wrap the baby well, and keep from any skin to skin contact. Now I am not sure if anyone else has undergone anything like this, but it dawned on me today that maybe I should have asked if he can be present at the birth? We dont know how he will be feeling during this round of Chemo, but now I need to ask the question . We already have a 16month old daughter. And I have been carrying the weight for everything around the house, with our daughter as well as going to work and being pregnant as my husband has been unwell. The forward moving knowing I will need to continue this up to January 2020 is going to be exhausting. I do feel so alone though. Although we have my husbands family, however I struggle with them alot of the time. All my fmaily are overseas in the UK. I am here alone. This cancer deal is truly hard work for all those involved.
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