Jan 14, 2014 - 10:53 pm
I am 32, my husband is 34 and was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer last year. already been through oral chemo/radiation, surgery, now in the midst of 12 cycles of IV chemo. i'd really like to hear from other young colon cancer survivors. Seems like everyone we meet is 20-40 years older than us. We have three young kids. I just feel like the experience is different as young parents than that of a 64 year old empty-nester. Every doc appointment, every treatment requires finding a babysitter, or somebody to pick kids up from school. I feel like everything is falling on me to take care of everybody, fix all the meals, do all the chores, I work and I am in grad school (started before cancer was diagnosed). I am exhausted all the time. I feel like I have to be emotionally stable for my kids, they still need to get through school and homework and the normal stuff of childhood whether daddy has cancer or not. It's been 8 months since diagnosis (after months and months of tests because the doctors blew us off) and I don't know how much longer I can keep up this pace. But I honestly don't know what can give either. And I don't know how to feel about it. I've seen the stats-prognosis isn't great for Stage 4 colon cancer, but the doctor keeps being vaguely optimistic without giving us much info. My husband is totally optimistic too, but I don't feel like it's all daisies and rainbows right now. Is there Anybody else out there that can relate?