Apr 16, 2003 - 3:26 pm
I am new to this board, and although I hope I find some help and make friends here, I would of preferred to meet everyone somewhere else. I have had rectal bleeding for 2 years. I know that I had internal hemmorhoids and the bleeding always said it was. You know streaking on the stool, dripping in the toilet bowl and on the toilet paper. For some reason this last time I was bothered by it, and it wouldn't leave me be. I am very religious and felt like God was prompting me to have a colonoscopy. So on April 4 I had it, the test was a breeze, the prep a pain. When he got done he said that I had the internal hemmorhoids, that was causing the bleeding, and a small---size of a match head rectal polyp. He told me at the time he thought it was beningn. Then on Monday, April 14th I got a call from his office to come in the next day. I just thought it was a followup appointment. When I got in there, he said that it wasn't a polyp, but a rectal carcinoid. He said that it was so small, that it wouldn't require chemotherapy. But I have to go have another colonscopy on May 14, he wants the area to heal between now and then, and then when he gets in there, he will take biopsys to make sure it is all gone. I am devastated, and suffering from horrible insomnia. It was a huge slap in the face, but it could of been worse, if I hadn't gone to the doctor for the bleeding, which had nothing to do with this cancer, I would not of found it for years. He said I could of gone another five years without symptoms.