Today I discovered some good, yet overwhelming, news. As many of you would know, I made the decision to have my stomach removed due to an 80% risk of developing stomach cancer at some point in my life. I never regretted my decision at all due to the high risks but today I received some results that made that decision the best I'm yet to make in my life.
Prior to my surgery I was told there was a strong chance that I already had cancer cells developing in my stomach that hadn't been detected with a gastroscope. Today I received the biopsy results from my surgery and as it turns out, I did in fact already have cancer cells starting grow in my stomach. They were microscopic and would never have been picked up via regular gastric screening but were there nonetheless.
I feel as though I've dodged a bullet and have been given a second chance. It was only a matter of time before these cells started to develop and grow into something more serious. I had to make an extremely difficult decision to have the surgery but I now know that my decision has ultimately saved my life.
Part of me feels guilty that I've been given a chance both my Mum and my sister didn't have the opportunity to take. However, I know that neither of them would want me to feel this way. I will be forever grateful to my sister for her choice to have genetics testing and I can now say without a doubt that her choice saved my life. I would give anything to give her a big hug and say "thank you". I owe it to my sister to do whatever it is that makes me happy and will keep her memory alive for as long as I am here.
"I'll love you till the end"
|Me with my beautiful sister, Jacinta|