"hospital saved my life twice. part two"

About: Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Birmingham)

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my story carries... on 3 months later the team were staggered to find the tumour was shrinking. The doctor and his consultants were so excited.They could now operate and save my life. It wouldn't be a reconstruction as before. They could take the tumour out through my nose. I was a bit worried, I only have a little nose!!.I had so many scans and visits back and forwards to the hospital A tiny nodule had shown up previously on a chest xray but I think they were more concerned with saving the tumour spreading at that time. What a kick in the teeth it was when they checked another chest scan just before the surgery to find out it was lung cancer!! Rather ironic that when they sent me home and I thought I was going to die, I had started having a few cigarets after giving up smoking for 11 years. So it began again, another fight for my life and my surgery for the tumour had to be cancelled.Everyone was so upset for me. I remember it took the doctor in the cancer centre 10 mins with tears in his eyes to break the news about the lung cancer. The biopsy showed a different cancer to my tumour, it was late November 2012 by this time. I had certainly cured my fear of giving blood and afraid of needles!! Chemotherapy was to start on the 9th December and would take 13 weeks.My family were there as always to give me love and support. I was trying to cheer them up!! In February I celebrated my 67th bday and treated everyone to a slap up meal.After a short time to let me rest , I started radiotherapy. 21 days everyday in the week, The nurses were so gentle and kind. Then I got the great news, I had beaten lung cancer.!!God had given me another chance.The doctor was so thrilled for me and set the date for the surgery on the 3rd July 2013, nearly a year after they thought I would die. I needed a lot of courage for this operation, there were so many things that could go wrong. It was a complete success and I woke up thinking I am alive .Its been 6 months now, a few problems but hey I wake up every morning and thank god for another day,Its all due to the queen Elizabeth hospital, god bless them. I hope my story will inspire you to be brave, be strong, be positive and remember while there is life there is hope. My story has nearly ended. The only other thing is there were two different cancers in the same tumour they removed. I have confounded them yet again. Trust me to be different. watch this space!!

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Thank you for taking the time to share your story about your further experience at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. We are very grateful to you for sharing more of your journey with us. We are really pleased to hear that you were eventually able to have the operation to have your tumour successfully removed and hope you are continuing to recover well. Your comments have been passed onto the senior staff responsible for Cancer Services; they will ensure your feedback is shared with their team members. It is very satisfying for staff to hear they have made such a difference to patients and made sure your experience under our care has been positive. At University Hospitals Birmingham we are always keen to receive feedback from our patients and visitors as it helps us to ensure we are delivering the best in care. Please continue to tell us if things went well so that we can share this with the teams who cared for you. If we don’t get it right please let us know so that we can take action to make sure we get it right in the future. There are a number of ways you can do this, some of which are listed below; ? Fill out our patient experience surveys; we have them for day case or short stay patients, inpatients, and those who attend the Emergency Department. There are general surveys asking about all aspects of your experience as well as others relating to specific aspects of your stay e.g. the operating theatre and food. You may also be contacted by post and given the opportunity to complete a survey relating to your discharge from hospital or your outpatient attendance. ? Fill in a Trust feedback leaflet, displayed in all patient and public areas – please ask staff if they are not easily visible. ? Become a ‘mystery patient’ and tell us about your experience, you can do this just once or each time you attend the hospital. For further information on these and other ways you can give us your feedback please contact patientexperience@uhb.nhs.uk or telephone us on 0121 371 4491/2

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