When an unexpected illness in January 2020 turned out to be cancer, Caroline Guy’s entire world came tumbling down.
The 56-year-old became quite ill when visiting her husband, Adam, in Saudi Arabia. ‘Walking hurt, I appeared to be seven months pregnant, and one night I woke up extremely ill. I simply felt awful,’ She remembered.
She was transported to a hospital right away, where a surgeon gave her a cancer diagnosis and discovered that it had already spread to her liver and ovaries.
Caroline was given three to four months to live. She started her treatment shortly after, and by September, she had returned to Nottingham to visit her daughter.
Her cancer unexpectedly decreased after a few more rounds of treatment, reaching a size where surgery was an option.
Her intestine was partially removed during a recent lengthy surgery in Nottingham by surgeons who also underwent a thorough operation. She discovered a few weeks ago that her test results were clear.
‘You don’t have cancer, the surgeon informed me after examining me. Are you sure, I questioned. I simply could not accept it. Surely a miracle, ‘According to BBC, she expressed.
‘Because I didn’t have insurance, my treatment in Saudi Arabia cost £110,000, which came from my husband’s retirement savings.
Even though the private care was excellent, the cost was nothing compared to what I had done here with the NHS, and the NHS gets such a poor reputation.’
Caroline will be under regular medical observation for at least five years. Alastair Simpson, Caroline’s surgeon, said:
‘Caroline endured substantial chemotherapy and surgical resection of several organs, which is physically demanding but also presents a considerable psychological load and involves the potential for serious consequences.’
The availability of cutting-edge cancer treatment in Nottingham, which will help control Caroline’s cancer, was further discussed by Simpson. ‘The advanced cancer service in Nottingham is able to organize this care and support her during the procedure.
Being a part of the team that helped her transition from a life-threatening cancer diagnosis to her present level of remission and surveillance has been a pleasure’ Simpson concurred.