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Hi everyone. I have been reading peoples reviews on this forum for quite some time now.
After endless visits to the docs and 2 of our local hospitals. Blood tests, MRI scans and 1 CT scan, the "specialists" told my dad that he had costochondritis.
After coming on here and some other forums, the symptoms seemed to be the same. The more he had the attacks in his chest and the sharp pains in between his shoulder blades, the more we pushed for help. Ambulances were called. More doctors appointments were made and more drugs were prescribed!
The similar heart attack symptoms were getting worse. His anxiety was through the roof! My dad has never been one to complain about illnesses or pains, so for me, seeing him in such a state was concerning, but i'm only a service engineer by trade and i have no medical knowledge, so who am i to question the professionals?
My dad started to complain about numbness in his legs,a lack of feeling, a sudden weakness and "jelly legs!"
His belly was bloated but he seemed to be losing weight?!?
My mom pushed him to get down to his doctors again, to push for more help.
After over 50 attempts to get an answer, my dad decided to walk into the surgery and demand to see somebody. They sent him to a nearby doctors, as they had no available appointments. This doctor then sent my dad to a private hospital, to a specialist that my dad was familiar with(where his own doctor told him that there would be no point going as they would only tell him what she had).
My dad pretty much fell into the doctors room and pleaded with him for help. My dad told him that his legs didn’t feel like they were his. The doctor expressed his concern and told my dad there and then, that this was not costochondritis. The doctor called in advance to another nearby hospital and got my dad booked in to see a specialist and for more tests and scans. My dad was in hospital overnight and we were told the following morning that they had found signs of secondary cancer on his vertebrae. Safe to say, my family and friends are totally devastated. My dad is so scared but trying to put on a brave face!
After more tests and scans, the primary cancer was found on his pancreas and maybe his liver. It seems to be taking ages for the biopsy to be done.
He has been given months to live without treatment and on average, a year with the strongest chemo.
To say that we are angry, is an understatement!
My dad could not have pushed more for answers!
We are now left devastated and desperate to implement dietary changes or anything that we can do to beat the odds and “f**k this cancer off!”
My dad is a fighter and given a fair chance, I am certain that he would beat cancer but I am just afraid that it’s too late! Who knows? My fingers are crossed!
My dad has asked me to write here, to help others that may be in the same boat as him!
Don’t allow people to tell you it’s not cancer until they are 110% certain.
Get ALL TYPES of blood tests done!
Don’t chance it!
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