Mar 25, 2004 - 3:28 pm
Hi, this is the first time I've ever been to this website. I feel like I should ask some people who have colon cancer about the condition I'm in right now. I am going to start from the beginning with a shortened version of my story. I am 22 years old and about 2 1/2 yrs ago I started having bloody stools, abdominal cramping, vomiting, fatigue, yadda yadda. After being in the ER, seeing 2 specialists, having an UPPER GI, I was told it was just stress and that I was too young to worry about it. Now, a few years later, I just got out of the Cleveland Clinic with a lower GI bleed a few months ago. I have abdominal pain, something actually rubbing on my ribs in the upper left part of my abdomen, vomiting, fatigue, anemia, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, lower back pain... Anyway, I am having a colonoscopy done on the 31st and I am nervous. I have been waiting two months now for this test after positive occult blood tests and my primary care physician feeling "a nodule that is probably just a healed fissure" during a DRE. Some of the diagnoses they've kicked around are Krohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, and of course, colon cancer. The symptoms I have match Colon cancer more than the other two and I just keep thinking "it can't happen to me", but deep down I know it very well could. I am a nurse and, let me tell you, when you are in the patient's seat you feel much different. I even know the answers to many of my own questions, but I like hearing the answers from others better because it makes them seem more real. I am just frustrated that the doctors let my bleeding and bad bowel habits go on for years now and every time they just kept telling me that I am too stressed and have IBS. Instead of doing an upper GI and blowing me off they should've done at least a sigmoidoscopy, especially since cancer does run in my family with my aunts, uncles, and grandparents. My mom also has had a hysterectomy at age 30 because of numerous benign tumors. I guess I just want to see what others think. I am nervous and I don't know what to expect. Thanks for listening (or reading).