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Warriorjoesdaughter
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New and nervous

Postby Warriorjoesdaughter » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:57 am

Hello. New here today and just stumbled upon this great site. A little background here...my Father passed away from stage 4 colon cancer February 10th of this year. I miss him dearly. . . so..now...why I am here....last week I found myself in the E.R. with severe right abdominal pain which has been constant for a while with sharp jabbimg pains at times. ..and pain in my lower right side in my back....after many tests and ruling out appendicitis or liver, kidney problems....I was told that they had found the problem and it was a simple appendigitis of the distal descending colon and pain should relieve itself in a few days with the help of I.B. Profin. All surrounding areas looked fantastic. There is also a 7 mm lesion "possibly due to "epolopic appendicitis (some weird temporary torsion ordeal)" according to report with peripheral thick enhancement and central fat....but my thoughts are.....hmmmm my Dad just passed of colon cancer and a 7mm lesion has been found on CAT scan....my family doctor saw me two days following the E.R. visit and has referred me out to a specialist for a colonoscopy. I sometimes have stomach cramps that last a few seconds and disappear on their own. I assumed IBS issues although I have never been diagnosed IBS but I do have an anxiety disorder so....IBS is very possible in my opinion...okay... Also they found this ... more proximaly along line of descending colon a 1.6 by 0.7 central fat attenuation that may be due to omental infraction. I sure hope they are correct. I keep trying to research if anyone else has ever had something like this turn out to be cancer...and I have red that appendigitis (epolopic appendicitis of the colon) can sometimes be caused by cancer. My Dad made me promise him I would get a colonoscopy..a.s.a.p. I am only 36 years old. He was 54 when he passed away...52 when diagnosed and 45 when his symptoms started. I know this may also sound silly...but I am very afraid of a mistake during the colonoscopy...like death from it. I love my babies. I have two young children. I am honestly scared..but my family doctor is great and told me try not to stress over this. My surrounding organs look beautiful so if its anything serious there is still lots of hope. I look forward to your support. Thanks.

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Phuong
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Re: New and nervous

Postby Phuong » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:51 pm

I'm sorry that you have to be here, but this is a great place to be. Amazing folks here who just get what you're going through because we've all been there to one degree or another. I'm so sorry that you've lost your dad and and are going through so much, but I'm so glad that you are getting a colonoscopy. There are so many things that the pains in our guts can be, and a colonoscopy is the best way to find out what it is. Good for your PCP for putting in the order and good for you for keeping your promise to your dad. Honestly the worst part of the colonoscopy is the prep! The scope itself is easy peasy and you're just going to take a nap. Be ready to wake up hungry! :)

P.s. If your doctor will allow it, ask for the Prepopik bowel prep. Hands down the least repulsive of all the drinks!
Phuong
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dx'd Stage III Rectal (T3 N1 M0)
Now Stage IV mCRC

zephyr
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Re: New and nervous

Postby zephyr » Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:24 pm

I really do understand your fear of something going wrong during the colonoscopy. But here’s the thing: you’re much more likely to die in a car accident than from a colonoscopy. Like a lot more likely. Do you drive?

I really don’t mean to make light of your fear. Honestly. But as a Stage IV cancer patient, I feel that I have the right (sort of) to keep after you in place of your father (who truly knew best): get the colonoscopy. Make your father happy and put your mind at rest. Those two accomplishments are priceless.
Nov-2009 Early stage CRC found during routine colonoscopy
2010, 2011, 2014 Follow up colonoscopies, all clear
Jun-2016 CRC found during routine follow up colonoscopy, surgery, Stage 4, KRAS, inoperable lung mets
Aug-2016-May-2018 Folfox, 5FU & Avastin, 5FU, Folfiri & Cyramza
Aug/Sep-2018 YAG laser surgeries (Germany) on both lungs, 11 nodules (9 mets) removed

Nohogirl
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Re: New and nervous

Postby Nohogirl » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:05 am

Hello and welcome the club,

First I am very sorry for your loss. It must be very hard for you to cope with your loss and going through the fear of cancer.

I am 39 years old and just 2 weeks ago had my 5th colonoscopy. I had my 1st colonoscopy when i was 28. No, I don't have cancer. Or at least not yet. But i was ready to do everything and anything to prevent it from happening or catching it as early as possible, even if it meant yearly colonoscopies for me.

Any surgical or medical intervention has potential life threatening risks. From as small as complications from tooth extraction to complications from childbirth.

Go for your colonoscopy, get your piece of mind so you can fully enjoy your beautiful babies.

Good luck!
04/18 DH 49 diag.stage 2A T3N0M0 rectal cancer moderately differentiated.
05/18 chemorad. (Xeloda) 28 days
08/18 Surgery- 24 cm including entire rectum out
Stage II T2N0M0 moderate to poorly diff. adenocarcinoma
0 of 15 lymph nodes
No PNI
No LVI
Clear margins
Regression Grade 3
10/29 Started Folfox

radnyc
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Re: New and nervous

Postby radnyc » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:29 am

The fear that a colonoscopy causes on so many is probably the reason a big percentage of colon cancers are not found early. How do we make it less frightening? I never had a fear of it, but I suppose it’s different when you have to do it during treatment as opposed to doing it preventively. I’ve had FIVE, there are people on here who’ve had more even. It’s painless, very safe, quick and can save your life! DO IT!!
DX Jan '10, at 47
Feb - colon resection - 2/17 nodes
April - liver mets - Stage 4
3 months Folfox chemotherapy
August '10 liver resection and HAI pump
7 months chemo FUDR HAI and Folfiri systemic
NED since August 2010
Last treatment April '11
HAI Pump removed Dec '15

Warriorjoesdaughter
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Re: New and nervous

Postby Warriorjoesdaughter » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:22 am

Yes. Thank you guys. I actually was thinking about the car wreck wreck chance this morning and was trying to put my mind at ease. Yes my Dad was adamant about us girls getting checked out and most especially me. I am the oldest. Also because My Mom passed from pancreatic cancer in 2005. I am so sorry about what many of you are going through :cry: . I am glad that I already know nothing has spread yet IF it's anything to worry about and that IF it's anything to worry about I am catching it early. Thanks again.

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Re: New and nervous

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:07 pm

I'm so very sorry for the loss of your Mom and Dad!*hugs* Welcome to the group! I'm sorry you're going through this and hope you will be able to get a colonoscopy soon!*hugs*
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17


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