I am hospitalized once again and am force to deal with the reality of My illness. Radiation and Chemo is a life saver but it also destroy your Body. I have been forced to have a complete hysterectomy and I am currently dealing with so much side effects from that. I have also had to get a ureteric stent, a ureteric stent is a thin tube inserted into the ureter to prevent or treat obstruction of the urine flow from the kidney. So for the rest of My life I must have surgery every 4 to 6 Months to replace stent.
But the biggest challenge so far is a new condition which I developed. It is called Radiation proctitis, Radiation proctitis is a inflammation and damage to the lower parts of the colon after exposure to x-rays or other ionizing radiation as a part of radiation therapy. Radiation proctitis most commonly occurs after treatment for cancers such as cervical cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. Radiation proctitis involves the lower intestine, primarily the sigmoid colon and the rectum and is part of the conditions known as pelvic radiation disease and radiation enteropathy.
I am desperately in need of the Hyberbaric oxygen therapy. Insurance have denied us.For the Radiation Proctitis Insurance have denied responsibility to pay for the needed therapy. The therapy I will need is called Hyberbaric oxygen Therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is a type of treatment used to speed up healing of stubborn wounds, and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen. I am constantly bleeding, tonight the catscan showed liquid in my abdomen which is all blood. My inside is so raw and inflamed and is just not healing.
blood tests and a chest x-ray among others exams, may be needed prior to therapy.
Thank you all for your support,
- Shelly Howard
- Celine Dias
- Rainy Howard
- Brittany Talaj
- Michelle King
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