Jun 06, 2013 - 3:58 pm
Following an appointment this afternoon, I am now awaiting a CAT Scan appointment before referral to St Thomas’ in London.
I am a 38 year old pre-menopausal female with AIN ii/iii stage perianal lesions and a recently excised AIN ii/iii polyp.
I first noticed the lesions Jan 25th , having been to my GP for treatment over the preceding 12 months for what I was previously informed was a small pile. My GP arranged for referral.
In the meantime I attended a sexual health clinic to rule out any infections, they performed a wide-range of STI tests, all of which were negative. e.g. I am HIV and HPV negative.
A full blood count indicated nothing more than a borderline monocyte count of 0.9 which has since lowered.
The polyp was excised on 22nd May and was (I believe) 2 cm inside my anal canal and small (1cm?)
The perianal ulceration is predominantly anterior, slightly raised (looks a little like angry skin tagging) but about 1cm around 1/2 to 3/4 of the circumference from which I have read, is not good.
I am keen to commence treatment; primarily for health reasons but also because the company that I work for is about to be acquired under a share sale agreement and a selection process for key personnel is due to commence shortly. I am hopeful of being earmarked for a fairly senior role and will need to be firing on all cylinders over the coming months. I am single, live alone, and therefore solely responsible for my mortgage commitments.
This looks like a great site for both info and support. I have always been a very private person and am struggling with how this life-changing news might define my future. The idea of being dependent and not fulfilling my ambitions is more frightening than anything else at the moment.
On the practical front, I imagine the employment rights in the UK are very different than in the US, but I can only think that I need to ensure that the selection process at work proceeds as far as possible before I reach a position where I have to inform my employers. I really want to stay busy and I don't want this new situation to affect how others think of me.
When did you tell friends, family, employers and with hindsight, would you do this differently if you could go back in time?
Thanks for listening,