In April 2016, my husband, Donald, was suffering from bad night sweats and severe belly pain along with a fever. He went to the doctor in April 2016 and was told to take some acetaminophen (paracetamol) and go home. Less than two weeks later, it was so bad that Donald went to the Emergency Room. He had fluid in his abdomen and the doctors decided to operate straight away. During the surgery to extract the fluid,
During the surgery to extract the fluid, the surgeon realised it was pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). At first, we were told that the plan was to go ahead with debulking surgery. However, after Donald had a second CT scan, and the disease was found to spread so the doctors advised chemotherapy for three months to shrink the tumours before making a decision whether to operate or not.
It feels like we’re only at the beginning of our story so it’s difficult to know what to expect. We rarely hear good things and we’ve learned to stay positive and strong. It’s the only way to survive!