Disclosure – I am not a medical professional, although I am getting better with the jargon and terms used by the wonderful medical staff that treat me. My blog is little more than a diary of my experience of having the big C and the happenings of my big crazy life.
Little bit about me
My name is Eileen Rushe, I was brought up in Bettystown, County Meath after a brief stint in Dublin (although it is always been up the dubs), I have lived in Termonfeckin County Louth for the past 12 years. I am the middle (best aka favourite) child of Jim and Mary Rushe. Life is generally good I have amazing family, friends, work colleagues, fellow mams and community in general. My son is the funniest person I know and his smile cheers me right up. Obviously he is perfect in every way and butter wouldn’t melt.
I am 33 ( I know I don’t look a day over 21) and I got diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer on the 13th of December 2018. This picture was taken Sunday 13th of January 2019 at a meal in Aisha’s Bistro with 30 of my closest friends and family to celebrate me starting my treatment the very next day. My son Séamus is 12, in sixth class and is my everything. I have explained everything to him and he is taking it like a champ which is nearly more heartbreaking, Séamus’s dad John passed away 5 July 2017 of sudden unexplained death through epilepsy which is why I think god has to be done with us for the foreseeable.
During my treatment my sister Siobháin and life long friend Sarah are playing tag team on minding me. I can see the lure of a butler, should the euromillions find their way to me, hot water bottles on tap, pillows, massages and most importantly words of encouragement and support when I moan and groan.
My Mam, dad and other siblings are keeping the craic going in Termonfeckin and ensuring as much normality for Séamus as is possible. Cancer is an all encompassing thing, the treatment I am receiving is second to none and I am so grateful for the digs in rathgar but life for everyone needs to keep going, school, work, college and big plans such as my sisters hen and wedding..
Brief history of me and cancer
For the last 18 months I have been treated for abnormal cells. The most recent procedure in December resulted in me haemorrhaging and ultimately the discovery of my tumour.
I have since the age of 20 (when I had my son) been extra vigilant about my smears and have got more than the required amount done. I am not entirely sure how the cancer had the chance the develop but it is not something I want to waste my energy on at the minute.
I am under the care of a number of doctors in the Mater Hospital and St Luke’s, my treatment will consist of 28 sessions of radiotherapy and 6 sessions of chemotherapy. I am fortunate enough to be able to stay on the grounds of St Luke’s for the duration of my treatment.
Today is Wednesday and I am sitting on the day ward in St Luke’s Hospital in Rathgar. Today is my first day of chemo and my third day of radiotherapy. The radiotherapy left me with the worst nausea on Monday (day 1 of treatment) and when I was celebrating that subsiding on Tuesday after day two of radiotherapy I spent the evening in pretty bad pain.
Today has been ok so far I particularly enjoy having to go to the bathroom in a jug so I can measure my urine output. It really is the little things that cheer me up 🙂
Anyway this is just a little brief introduction into me, my diagnosis and the treatment….