I had just started a new job in a local hospital when I started seeing signs of fatigue.
I was getting the feeling that I had been drinking too much, which I thought might be why my blood pressure was going up.
My GP explained that I was taking an over-the-counter medication called “sugar pills” that were made from sugar, which is a commonly prescribed medication for blood pressure.
It was the first time I’d ever heard of sugar pills.
After I told the doctor what was happening, she explained that it was probably just a side effect of the sugar pills that were making me feel worse.
But I had never thought about how I could feel better when I wasn’t taking my sugar pills and was actually taking the medication that had made me feel better?
My doctor gave me some sugar pills to take as I walked around the hospital.
I think I’d never had a sugar pill before.
I’d only heard of them from my GP.
The doctor was very interested in me.
She said that if I wanted to see my GP about it, I’d have to go to the clinic and pick up a bottle of sugar pill from the pharmacy.
And she said, “If you can’t get the medication, then you’ll just have to take the sugar pill.”
I thought, I’ll just give it a try.
I didn’t want to get my life completely sucked in.
So I started taking the sugar.
I’ve never taken a sugar pills before.
But my blood tests came back normal.
It felt like I was doing OK.
I had a few more appointments with my GP before I decided to see a specialist.
The specialist asked me, “How long have you been taking sugar pills?”
And I told him that I’d taken it about six months ago.
She told me that she’d been watching my blood pressures for a month.
She also told me, that I should be careful with what I eat.
She asked me if I was being hyperthyroid.
I told her that I hadn’t been feeling any signs of any changes in my thyroid and was only getting worse.
Then she told me to go and have a check-up with my doctor, because I could be getting worse, too.
The GP then asked if I had any symptoms that were different from the normal symptoms.
I said no, but my GP did tell me that I might have been getting a bit dizzy and had a feeling of having a cold or flu.
So she did a blood test.
I tested positive for thyroid cancer and I got a scan and was told that I’m currently cancer free.
I asked what the tests were, and she said that my blood work was normal.
The next morning I went to my GP to see her and she told us that she was worried about me, and that she might need to have a blood sample from me.
So we did the test.
And it came back that I have a genetic disorder called “CYP2D6”.
It’s a genetic defect that causes the cell to divide more slowly than normal.
My blood work came back positive for CYP2D8.
My doctor told me it might be the case that I didn´t have enough of that gene to develop cancer.
So then I got some more tests from my lab.
I got the results from the two tests that came back negative, and I said, well, I have another one.
The second test showed my cancer risk.
I also got a new scan that came up negative.
And then, in the middle of that, my GP told me she was going to have to have another blood test, and again, the results came back, negative.
So now she has another blood scan and has to wait a week for the results.
It’s very stressful for me to be in that position.
But the doctor was really supportive.
And after that, she did the other tests.
And the results showed my risk of developing cancer was 0.2 per cent, which means I am 100 per cent certain that my cancer is on track.
It also meant that I could stop taking the blood pressure medication.
And that was a huge relief.
And I’ve got a very good feeling about myself now.
I’m a bit more stable now.
And now I’m thinking about taking the other medication that I need to take.
So it’s really good.
And my doctor was also really supportive of me, too, because she said I needed to be more careful with my diet and drink more water.
So, that was really helpful.
But if I can just manage to keep going with the lifestyle that I’ve been doing, I think that it will be a lot easier.
Thank you very much. Thank You.