Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

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SleeplessinFlorida
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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby SleeplessinFlorida » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:33 am

Procedure is this Friday. I'm getting more nervous. Also the blood in my stool has decreased drastically but I'm making myself not use it as an excuse to cancel my appointment.

I feel like my anxiety is going to be on 100 this entire week. Smh

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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby erins » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:59 am

Stay strong and keep that appointment! You’re doing great & we’re all pulling for you! It’ll be over and done faster than you expect, and then you’ll hopefully have a path forward for relief of your symptoms.

Good luck!!
38 yr old female
Rectal bleeding for 1 month—>
5/4/18 colonoscopy found mass in sigmoid colon
5/21/18 LAR
stage 2a, 0/17 lymph, clean margins
T3N0M0 G1
LVI neg, PNI neg, MSS

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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby rtcasper » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:21 pm

Getting the colonoscopy is nothing more than a minor inconvenience,certainly not bad enough to warrant not doing it. I so wish I had just done it back when my symptoms first started, but yeah, you hear people talk about how bad the prep is, and it freaks you out a bit. But trust me, there was really nothing to it. I'm so glad now to have an idea of what I'm up against, instead of trying to tell myself that it's OK, sure, normal to have some blood in your poop,because it's not, and the sooner you can rectify that, the better.

You'll be fine.
By the glory, by the grace, by the strength of God, I will be made whole.

43-M
Aug 3, 18-colonoscopy, 5cm mass 12cm from AV rectal cancer
Aug 16-MRI
Aug 17-CT,chest and pelvis
CEA-.99-likely not a good marker
Clinical DX-T2/T3n1 -3cm mass, 13.5 from AV-might be colon? - let surgeon make determination
5 days radiation, surgery 2 weeks later, followed by chemo
Sept 10-14 radiation

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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby WarriorSpouse » Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:36 pm

Sleepless in Florida,
How are you making out?
WS
Spouse of wife 47 years old
10/2014, Stage IV Metastatic CC
Lymph node involvement 12/15, w/ positive PET on para-aortic lymph nodes.
5 cm sigmoid tumor resection as well as positive Virchow lymph node.
KRAS mut, Highly Differentiated, Lynch Negative
Folfox and Avastin 1 YR (Oxi for 5 months) NED 05/2015
Zeloda and Avastin since 01/2016
Chemo break 03/2017, back on Zeloda and Avastin 04/2017.

"...Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other."
-Walter Elliot

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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby ocstacy » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:02 pm

Good luck with your colonscopy. The prep is not fun, but what was great for me is that I had a bed side commode toilet and just kept in the living room and just stayed up all night there watching the Bachelorette. Warning, do not drink the prep over your laptop keyboard as it killed mine. I was so bored typing on the colon talk board, that I actually ruined my new lap top so please be careful. Do not eat orange jellow, it shows up in the photos they take.

Pros: I lost 5 pd. The best meal is after the prep

Cons: You go #2 all night long. You get tired but having a commode helped. Your ass starts to hurt so wipe with gentle wipes.

I was happy to found out the polyp they took out was benign. I had to fight to get one done because I was 38 at the time. My mom was DX in 2017. They really need to make the new age 40 not 50!!

The best thing to do, is to just do it! I also had a mammogram last week. Early detection is best! XOXO
Caregiver/daughter to dear mother age 78, dx 5/09/17 because of me!! :wink:
Rectal CA Stage 3 low-grade adenocarcinoma- 6 cm
Neoadjuvant start 7/10/17 ended 08/16/17
3D Lap. surgery @ Keck USC, Dr. Sang Lee 10/17/17 temp ileostomy
11/1 hospitalized abscess/hernia - back home 11/06/17 antibiotics
NO LYMPHS INVOLVED! NEAR PATHOLOGICAL RESPONSE! YAY! :shock:
Took her last chemo med 05/10/18! Ileostomy reversal 07/24/18
First BM after reversal 07/25/18
Me: 1st Colonoscopy age 38. 08/17 Benign polp.

SleeplessinFlorida
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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby SleeplessinFlorida » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:25 pm

WarriorSpouse wrote:Sleepless in Florida,
How are you making out?
WS


Pretty good! Procedure is tomorrow morning so right now I’m going through the prep. Fun times :)

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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby SleeplessinFlorida » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:26 pm

ocstacy wrote:Good luck with your colonscopy. The prep is not fun, but what was great for me is that I had a bed side commode toilet and just kept in the living room and just stayed up all night there watching the Bachelorette. Warning, do not drink the prep over your laptop keyboard as it killed mine. I was so bored typing on the colon talk board, that I actually ruined my new lap top so please be careful. Do not eat orange jellow, it shows up in the photos they take.

Pros: I lost 5 pd. The best meal is after the prep

Cons: You go #2 all night long. You get tired but having a commode helped. Your ass starts to hurt so wipe with gentle wipes.

I was happy to found out the polyp they took out was benign. I had to fight to get one done because I was 38 at the time. My mom was DX in 2017. They really need to make the new age 40 not 50!!

The best thing to do, is to just do it! I also had a mammogram last week. Early detection is best! XOXO


Thank you for this great advice! Currently going through the prep right now. I can tell it’s going to be a long night. Lol

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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby SleeplessinFlorida » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:30 pm

I noticed my prep was a little different than most. I haven’t been able to eat meat for 3 days now. Today I was only allowed clear liquids. At 2 pm I had to drink a bottle of magnesium. Then at 6pm I had to drink an entire bottle of miralax mixed with Gatorade. It was actually pretty tasty...or maybe I’m just hungry. Lol. At 11, which is in 30 minutes I have to drink another bottle of magnesium. Then finally at 12 I can even have anything to drink.

Whoever said the prep was the worst part I would say you’re correct. Lol. My procedure is at 7 tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting this out of the way, having a big meal, then going to sleep!

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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby ocstacy » Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:21 am

Whoever said the prep was the worst part I would say you’re correct. Lol. My procedure is at 7 tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting this out of the way, having a big meal, then going to sleep!


I hope that your procedure went okay. I opted out for twilight sedation. I wanted to be completely out.... with Fentanyl.. I think I was the only one completely out cause I woke up from my procedure and proceeded with long loud fluffs lol.. and then I put my clothes on and met my father out in the waiting room. I remember everyone else was still sleeping.. I remember it took my mom an hour to wake up from her conscious sedation. My first meal after procedure was an amazing lobster sandwich, with french fries and a shirley temple and enjoyed every single bite. It was dam* good!! :lol:

I hope you get your results soon. Please keep us posted. xx :D
Caregiver/daughter to dear mother age 78, dx 5/09/17 because of me!! :wink:
Rectal CA Stage 3 low-grade adenocarcinoma- 6 cm
Neoadjuvant start 7/10/17 ended 08/16/17
3D Lap. surgery @ Keck USC, Dr. Sang Lee 10/17/17 temp ileostomy
11/1 hospitalized abscess/hernia - back home 11/06/17 antibiotics
NO LYMPHS INVOLVED! NEAR PATHOLOGICAL RESPONSE! YAY! :shock:
Took her last chemo med 05/10/18! Ileostomy reversal 07/24/18
First BM after reversal 07/25/18
Me: 1st Colonoscopy age 38. 08/17 Benign polp.

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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby jmn » Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:51 am

SleeplessinFlorida wrote:My procedure is at 7 tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting this out of the way, having a big meal, then going to sleep!

Thinking of you this morning. We're all pulling for you. Let us know how everything turns out.
DX: CC, 7-9-18 @ age 61, male
Severe anemia (4.5 g/dl), 5-11-18; colonoscopy, 6-29-18
Stage IIA, T3N0M0
Laparoscopic-assisted right hemicolectomy, 7-16-18
G2, moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma in cecum, 4.2 x 3.7 x 0.7 cm
0/24 lymph nodes; no high-risk factors
CEA: 3.0 (pre-op, 7-10-18); 0.7 (post-op, 8-8-18)
TX: no chemotherapy; observation/surveillance

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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby rtcasper » Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:40 pm

Hi sleepless, hope things went well with the colonoscopy. Keep us up to date.
By the glory, by the grace, by the strength of God, I will be made whole.

43-M
Aug 3, 18-colonoscopy, 5cm mass 12cm from AV rectal cancer
Aug 16-MRI
Aug 17-CT,chest and pelvis
CEA-.99-likely not a good marker
Clinical DX-T2/T3n1 -3cm mass, 13.5 from AV-might be colon? - let surgeon make determination
5 days radiation, surgery 2 weeks later, followed by chemo
Sept 10-14 radiation

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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby SleeplessinFlorida » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:52 pm

Hello everyone! So my colonoscopy went great on Friday. They only found hemorrhoids.

I can honestly say you all are right, the worst part about the entire process is the prep. Lol.

I want to say thank you to everyone who gave me nice and encouraging words. You guys rock! Really made me feel better about this entire process.

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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby steiconi » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:29 pm

Glad everything went well!
I am not my disease.

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Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Postby Lee » Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:30 pm

SleeplessinFlorida wrote:Hello everyone! So my colonoscopy went great on Friday. They only found hemorrhoids.

I can honestly say you all are right, the worst part about the entire process is the prep. Lol.

I want to say thank you to everyone who gave me nice and encouraging words. You guys rock! Really made me feel better about this entire process.


So glad it's behind you now :shock: !! And the good news :D !! Now go out and enjoy your life. May it always be cancer free and full of good things,

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!


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