Very Anxious- Unable to Enjoy Life due to Symptoms

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Plaidclad
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Very Anxious- Unable to Enjoy Life due to Symptoms

Postby Plaidclad » Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:53 pm

Hey, everyone.

I have never posted here before, and I hope I am not being insensitive or wrong I saying so, but I am so nervous. I am 22 years old, and have been experiencing very thin stools with no exceptions since May. Being so young, I was not familiar with colon cancer symptoms, but have recently become acquainted. I always feel the need to pass gas, and my left abdomen is always bloated and I experience localized pain in the left side. I'm terrified. I feel certain I have cancer, and that it's too late. Every time I go to the bathroom, I hope it looks normal,only to feel terrified when I notice it is still ribbon thin.

I just switched over to primary care after being with a pediatrician. They always dismissed my left side complaints and noises. I recently had a fit test that came back negative, but I have noticed some blood in the stool on occasion. I have an appointment with a gi nurse this Friday, and I'm terrified.

How do I handle this with grace? I want to be strong.

I'm sorry if this is wrong to post, again.

TerryC
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Joined: Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:48 am

Re: Very Anxious- Unable to Enjoy Life due to Symptoms

Postby TerryC » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:58 pm

Plaidclad,

Find out what's going on. Get a colonoscopy!! With that you'll be armed with truth, not lies. Thoughts and fears can disable you quicker than anything.
4/17 Diagnosed CRC Stage IV with met. to liver 30+ tumors
4/17 - 3/18 Folfox-Avastin 23 rounds, every other week
4/17 -2/18 CEA 123 to 446 down to 5 for many months climbing slowly beginning in December to 57 ~ 2/18
3/18 Folfiri-Avastin
3/18 - 6/18 CEA dropped to 12 started climbing to now, 42.7

sammer718
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Joined: Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:22 am

Re: Very Anxious- Unable to Enjoy Life due to Symptoms

Postby sammer718 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:35 pm

I was 27 when I got diagnosed. If no one will take your symptoms seriously, keep going until someone will.
30 year old female, currently Stage IV
09/2015: Stage IIIc colon cancer. Sigmoid colon resection, removal of tumor.
10/2015-03/2016:12 FOLFOX treatments.
NED until 04/2017: Found enlarged lymph nodes in peritoneal cavity.
05/2017-10/2017: 12 FOLFIRI + Avastin treatments.
NED again until 05/2018: Same enlarged lymph nodes in peritoneal cavity.
Currently doing FOLFIRI + Erbitux.


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