Delinda2 wrote:I had no warning signs or problems, just started having stomach pain one Sunday afternoon. It got worse, until by 9:00 pm my husband said we should go to ER. We checked on line & were sure it was appendicitis. (That damn Dr. Google!) They did a CT & the doctor on duty said, "Well, you have colon cancer & you need surgery right away." We felt like someone had dumped a bucket of ice water on our heads. No preparation or, "Sorry to tell you it's not good." Just BAM. I felt like telling him to take remedial training in being human. We didn't know anything at all about it, but boy did we learn!
justin case wrote:While seeing a little blood in my stool,(I thought hemorrhoids), I had my annual physical. My GP, being the most thorough GP I know, stuck his finger up my butt, felt upwards, downwards, and sideways, did some blood work, then called me at work, and said in the near future you should see a GI. (I don't think he meant a member of the armed forces, I sired one of those) And to make it clear to everyone, he served in the United States Navy
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teacher49 wrote:I was a procrastinator on having a colonoscopy at age 50. At age 60, while I was on Weight Watchers (and doing very well!), because a group of us at school all joined a WW at work group. I followed the point system religiously. Lots of fruit, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and tons of water! I lost 30 lbs, over 4 months.....felt great but was starting to see rectal bleeding. I hadn't had hemorrhoids in 25 years since last pregnancy, so I knew that was not it. I was eating lots of nuts/fiber, and drinking lots of water......something was irritating my colon. Scheduled a scope. The rest is history.
4 cm adenocarcinoma , not blocking but definitely cancer dx'd on May 5, 2011.
To this day, I think that if I hadn't been on WW with the extreme amount of fiber/roughage, and had still been eating donuts and ice cream, I would never have noticed the bleeding until it had grown larger and deeper.
Valorie wrote:I asked not to be completely sedated for my colonoscopy. I heard the GI say uh oh, there's a mass. I said to call it what it was and she said it looked like cancer. It was. I was one of the people that put off having my colonoscopy. I had it done at 53 instead of 50. Ironically, the week before the procedure I told my best friend that I felt better physically than I had in a long time. Dang sneaky cancer.
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