Been reading this site over the last fews days and have finally got up the courage to make a posting of my own. Not ever used support groups before but never been in this situation before either, so hey here goes!
Some may know a bit of my story as my wife has posted a couple of times. I am a 31 year old kiwi living in England and recieved the diagnosis of rectal cancer 4 weeks ago after a month of bleeding and irregular bowel habit. Started treatment last week with continuous 5FU and daily radiotherapy for 5-6 weeks with the plan for surgery 6 weeks after that.
Situation complicated by our first baby who is due to arrive in five weeks time and have had some ambivalent feelings about the event due to its difficult timing.
Our situation is also perhaps a little different as my wife and I are both doctors- my wife a family doctor and mysef specialising in mental health. Has been a very mixed blessing with the odd scan happening a bit faster than for others but also many clinicians making assumptions about our own knowledge so not giving us as much information as they would your 'average' patient.
I would realy appreciate hearing from any others who can relate to aspects of our situation eg those of similar age at onset, other health professionals or those who had the experience of cancer coinciding with other life events eg births. Also any advise on coping at this early stage with learning to live with the diagnosis (and this ball of chemo in my pocket) would be greatly appreciated.