Dm87 wrote:HI guys/girls
He said I look very healthy and do not look anemic and have no signs of that in my blood. He felt around on my abdomen asked me if I felt pain where he pressed in certain places. I said I did not.
My wife was very athletic and physically fit. She had low BMI, Low Blood Pressure and was a lifetime distance runner mostly 5K, 10K, and half marathons. She was training for a full marathon when she was diagnosed. Mostly because I noticed she was changing up her diet and avoiding foods she loved a lot I got her to finally confided in me about blood in her stools I pushed her to make an appointment with her doctor and to get a colonoscopy. Even then her primary care doctor thought she might have IBS but referred her to a GI doctor for the scope. She also was not anemic and look very healthy for her age (53). She was so healthy in fact that her primary care doctor DID NOT push the recommendation of a colonoscopy at age 50. Had she had one then I believe she would still be with me today as they would have caught it before it spread. At the time we didn't know it but her uncle on her moms side grew polyps like a farm (Would have been useful to know earlier). Her mom had breast cancer late in life and her father had prostate cancer. The being physical fit allowed her to undergo her resection and recover quickly from that - In fact he surgeon wished all his patients we as fit as she was. She was also able to tolerate the chemo afterwards very well - again because I think she was so healthy other than for the cancer.
If you have been on this forum long enough you soon realize that many very "Healthy" and athletic people end up with CRC. So doctors need to quit using this as an excuse they can be and are often wrong. I just read a news article this morning where a young 33 year old new mother who happened to also be a doctor herself was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer. Turns out many members of her family had Polyps or colon cancer in their history and many they were already monitoring.
History is important so anyone that has a history of cancers or other GI/Colon issues in their family regardless of type need to be extra vigilant. Lets hope that in your case if it is a case of CRC they catch it before it has spread. I lost my wife to it primarily because of a lack of medical history and an attitude that the healthy physically fit don't need to be concerned, and finally because everyone thinks the prep is such a horror to undergo! My wife did then found out it wasn't so bad after all the way her GI doctor had her do the prep.
DW 53 dx Jun 2013
CT mets Liver Spleen lung. IVb CEA~110
Jul 2013 Sig Resct
8/13 FolFox,Avastin 12Tx mild sfx, Ongoing 5-FU Avastin every 3 wks.
CEA: good marker
7/7/14 CT Can't see the spleen Mets.
8/16/15 CEA Up, CT new abdominal mets. Iri, 5-FU, Avastin every 2 wks.
1/16 Iri, Erbitux and likely Avastin (Trial) CEA going >.
1/17 CEA up again dropped from Trial, Mets growth 4-6 mm in abdomen
5/2/17 Failed second trial, Hospitalized 15 days 5/11. Home Hospice 5/26, at peace 6/4/2017