Feeling very nervous n scared . I also have severe anxiety disorder so this doesn’t help . My anxiety has been so bad that I don’t know if it’s anxiety or something else . I’m 46 with 4 kids , 25,21,11,9 year olds . Being hypochondriac didn’t help . I had so many test done how did I miss this test
. I just need to know if I’m gonna be ok. I know it’s a crazy question . I’m just so scared . I need to be here for my kids . Again sorry if I am saying too much . My first time being on here not sure if I’m explaining it right . Thanks for reading
Welcome and sorry to hear about your new DX. I know it's scary in the beginning and new. That is how I felt with my mom when she got DX this past May 2017. This is a great resourceful site with a ton of helpful advice! I learned so much about radiation, Xeloda, food restrictions, recipes, toiletries, what to expect, proper verbage, surgery prep, post op info, etc. I would like to recommend to you to make a signature info page like 90% of the people on this site so you don' t have to repeat yourself over and over again. It's just nice to read your DX and etc so people get to know you. I am an advocate for my dear mother who is 78 and she has no idea on how to use a computer, etc. I am her voice, her brain, and resources. I am my mom's side kick and guess what? She lives two homes down from me like "My Big Greek Wedding".
She is lucky to have me as I am her nurse, caregiver, driver, meal planner, insurance rep, accounts payable, etc. My mom had her surgery 10/17 and it was a rocky recovery as she ended up having an abscess/hernia. She got discharged a week ago. Prob the hardest thing for me to see my mom in recovery mode. I stayed with her at the hospital so I saw everything and anything. I made sure she was SAFE and taken care of.. even though I know that is the nurse's job. I wanted to be there for her unconditionally. Oxycodone was not a good match for her but now she is doing AWESOME after antibiotics! Gaining weight, eating good, taking showers, getting out little by little, etc. She still gets very tired, but her body went through a lot starting in July with radiation, chemo, surgery, recovery. Good news is that none of her lymph nodes were involved and the surgeon said that he got most of the cancer so we are crossing our fingers that it's a no evidence of disease or complete pathological response. We were handed a brochure today that said "Life after Cancer"
This site is a huge support and I have learned so much from every single person. I hope that you will experience the same. I used to suffer from the same disorder as you. Mine has completely gone away and I got off all my medication and just take vitamins and work out daily. Best of luck to you! XXX
Caregiver/daughter to dear mother age 78, dx 5/09/17 because of me!!
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!
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.