Cancer Journey Begins

by Jon Imondi  - April 2, 2024

❤️‍🩹😢My Battle with …. Cancer Begins 😢❤️‍🩹

(Long post so if you’re in a hurry the title says it all. Yes humour is allowed 😅).

I’ve thought a lot about this post. Should I post it? Why do I want to post it? Is it too morbid?But to tell the truth this past week has been all about overthinking so here it is ….

The Diagnosis

Last week following some weird and wonderful symptoms I went into hospital to have a camera shoved down my throat a camera slipped up my bum (this was preceded by a finger which I’m told is “standard practice 🫣”.

Long story short the conversation that followed with the doctor will likely haunt me for the rest of my life. I’ll paraphrase but:“Jon we were unable to complete the colonoscopy as there was quite a large growth blocking the camera. It’s cancer!” 😞

So there it was and like that … I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 41.Even as I write that it feels somehow distant. Like it’s not me.

Although as I write that the all too familiar wave of emotion hits me like a freight train carrying 100 elephants, a small moon and 10,000 nuclear warheads (I’m allowed to exaggerate now, right?). 💥

Facing Reality

Since then the word “cannula” is becoming more too familiar and I’m currently awaiting the results of the CT scan that I had on Saturday to see if Colin (I’ve affectionately named my cancer, Colin) has decided to spread elsewhere in my somewhat shocked sack of skin and bone.

Seeking Support

I’ve told a few people and they have been incredible. I wrote this now, publicly in the hopes that I feel less shame about if (not sure why I feel shame) and that for those I do speak to I don’t have to have an awkward conversation that goes something like:

Person: “Hey, Jon. How’s it going?”

Me: “I have cancer.”

Person: :”Ah cool, have a great xmas”.

Or something like that.I also hope that maybe if anyone has some weird and wonderful symptoms that just ain’t right that you get it looked into.

Especially if you’re my age as it’s so often dismissed or over looked when you’re a spritely 30 or 40something.

Reflections and Words of Encouragement

Secondly if you’re reading this I don’t want pity. I would actually love words of encouragement and support but perhaps what I’d honestly love most is that you just take a minute to reflect on your life and ask yourself this.“Am I living the life that I want, am I truly being “me”?

Maybe even hold the person next to you tightly and tell them you love them. ESPECIALLY if it’s a stranger and DEFINITELY if it’s a work colleague 😂.

I hope to have more years on this beautiful rock of ours with my incredible, strong and beautiful Vicky but right now, sat here writing this … I truly have no idea what awaits me and that scares me more more than anything I’ve ever encountered or imagined I would in my life.

I’ll sign this post off with the immortal words of wisdom in that ruddy lovely song by Baz Luhrmann.

Don't worry about the futureOr worry, but know that worrying is as effective as chewing Bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind. The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Thank you for reading. And please any messages of support will be gratefully received.

I feel for once I can truly ask for what I really need.

Big love, humans.

Me ❤️


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