I just re-found this article¹ and while it isn’t specifically about pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) or appendix cancer, it is very relevant to everyone diagnosed with any cancer and I remember reading it and that it helped me with where my diagnosis (and two recurrences) put me and those around me. I thought it might be worth sharing for those currently facing their own journey…

Jeff Tomczek is a freelance writer and the founder of C2Bseen, offering consulting services to niche brands and entrepreneurs. He was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 27 and at 28, was told he had no trace of the disease in his body.

You really should read the article in full, here’s a summary:

  • Your relationships are about to change
  • You will be determined to have more energy than you do
  • You are going to feel fear
  • The people that love you will be just as scared as you are
  • The sooner you recognize that you are mortal, the sooner you can create the mentality for survival
  • Your doctors and nurses will become your source of comfort
  • You will need to find balance after treatment
  • You will inspire others. It will feel weird
  • When you get to the other side you won’t believe it

What do you wish you’d been told when you were first diagnosed?

¹The Things I Wish I Were Told When I Was Diagnosed With Cancer, Jeff Tomczek, June 29th 2012 , Updated August 28, 2012
Accessed September 1st, 2019.

Steve Treweeks describes himself as ‘a normal bloke with an exceptionally rare form of Cancer which was diagnosed the day before my 41st birthday’. He loves running, is a pseudomyxoma survivor and former trustee of Pseudomyxoma Survivor.