Aug 14, 2011 - 9:31 am
I have always been a questioning type of girl. So, I just have to ask 'WHY'.
Why me? Why us?
5000 new cases per year for 308,000,000 people in the USA = 1.6 in 10,000 chance.
I was diagnosed in May 2011 at 49 years old and have completed treatment. I was completely flabbergasted when I received my diagnosis!! Like so many others, I am NEGATIVE for ALL of the contributing factors, including HPV diagnosis. I've always been health conscious (good wt, never smoked, drink wine in moderation, took vitamins, calcium, fish oil, went to the gym regularly). My parents are 79 and 80 and in very good health, my only sibling is healthy. The only medications I took/take regularly are FEMHRT (low dose hormone replacement for peri-menopausal symptoms) and Wellbutrin 300 XL for the huge drop in energy that I had. (Even though it is an anti-depressant, I had absolutely nothing in my life that depressed me, just very low energy).
So, it is driving me crazy. My doctor says sometimes our DNA/RNA just mess up - no reason. Maybe so. But I wonder if there is ANYTHING that we have in common that could contribute to having anal cancer. Something we eat, somewhere we go, something we do.... Am I the only one that wonders this?? The internet searches always come up with the standard contributing factors. That is not of any help.
Ultimately, I really want to know if there is anything that I can do differently to keep anything like this from happening again. Have any studies been done? Or is the rarity of the disease and the promising prognoses keeping funding from anal cancer research? Is there some way we can talk about this and maybe figure out if there is anything we have in common? Am I just being silly for wondering this, or does it deep down really bother anyone else?
I realize that I may never know 'WHY' and that is ok. God doesn't tell us 'Why'. But, I would like to try to find out what may be a 'missing link'. What do you all think??