Towards the end of May 2012 I spent a Saturday working as a rally driving instructor, as I often do. At the end of the day I had a small graze on the left hand side of my groin where a seat belt had been rubbing. Closer inspection revealed a lump in my groin. I thought I had twisted or pulled a muscle and it would go away. 10 days or so later it hadn't gone away, so I went to see my GP. She seemed confident it was probably a hernia and booked me an ultrasound scan. The scan revealed it wasn't a hernia.
On the 11th June I went to an appointment at a clinic in the John Radcliffe hospital where a lovely young doctor arranged for a pathologist to take a biopsy which lead to a diagnosis of lymphoma. I was devastated. The NHS spang into action and I was pre-op'ed on the 13thJune and the tumour was removed on 15th June. The tumour removal revealed it was not lymphoma, but Sarcome and ther tuma was in my peritonial tube. After a couple more appointments with carious consultants I was introduced to Prof. Hassan who was to be in charge of my chemo therapy.
He revealed that I am, as I suspected, one in a million. Sarcoma is very rare in men of my age and much more common in 19 year old men. A chemotherapy strategy has been put together and it starts today.