Jul 23, 2012 - 11:04 am
I am so happy to have found this board! I am a 52 year old woman and on Fri July 13th I went in for my first colonoscopy. I had had some changes in bowel habits in the past few months and have had rectal bleeding off and on for many years that I (and doc) always attributed to my ongoing hemorrhoids.
I was awake through part of the colonoscopy and heard the doctor mention a mass. They sent me to the hospital right away for a CT scan which didn't show anything else. I was admitted that afternoon and in surgery the next morning for a colon resection. They removed 6 inches of bowel and an ovary that seemed to have a cyst. I got the feeling that the doctor wishes he had removed the second ovary also, as it had been adhered to the rectum with scar tissue (he redid release it from the adhesion).
I was in the hospital for a week awaiting the pathology reports. This past Friday I got the news. Not only was the colon mass cancer but so was the ovary. The lymph nodes were clear. I've been home since Friday afternoon in shock. I've read the stats while I know they 'ain't necessarily so' I am terrified.
I don't have a significant other but I do have two grown children. My son is married and expecting my first grandbaby any day now. My daughter lives with me. I do not want them to become caregivers, I don't know what to do. I don't know when/if I'll be able to go back to work, the finances scare me, I've never been good at that part of my life.
I see ocologist Wednesday. A Dr Anthony Phillips of Fox Valley Hemotology and Oncology in Appleton Wisconsin.
I guess I just need to vent to people that aren't family or friends.