New and looking for other young people.

Hi, I am new here and just looking to connect with others that are under the normal age for colon cancer. I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer on Feb. 4th 2011 when I was 32. I am now 33 and about to start chemo on Monday. I had surgery already to remove 2ft. of large intestine and 5 inches of small intestine. The chemo is just a precaution since they found no other cancer in my organs or lymph nodes. Anyone have a similar story as a younger person dealing with this???

I don't want to be here but I'm glad I found it!:)

-Marcie
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  • Lovekitties
    Lovekitties Member Posts: 3,364 Member
    Hi Marcie
    While I definately don't fall into the category of a 'young person' I just wanted to welcome you to our family. We have folks here of all ages so I am sure you will find some closer to your age.


    Marie who loves kitties
  • Sonia32
    Sonia32 Member Posts: 1,071
    Hi Marcie
    Sorry about your diagnosis, but glad you found us. I was 32 when I got diagnosed with stage 3 CC, but 10/11 lymph nodes were infected, did IVF and chemo. I'm 34 now and waiting on scan results to see if I'm still in remission If so will have hit my two year mark.

    As Marie said we have people of all ages on this board, and age doesn't really matter when we are all on here. But can understand what you mean when your looking to relate to someone in your own age gap. You'll love it here, the oldies (they would be the men lol) and the ladies are all great, and I love them all as my second online family. Ask any questions you need to, and someone is always around to answer it or support you.

    Hugsss
    Sonia
  • Kathryn_in_MN
    Kathryn_in_MN Member Posts: 1,252
    Another helpful source
    While this board is a great resource, there is another you should check out too. The Colon Club was founded by two young women with colon cancer. There are some people that were diagnosed at later ages that frequent the site (because even though they set it up for those under age 50 at diagnosis, they do not discriminate). But the majority there are those of us dx'd under age 50 - many in the 30's and 40's, and even some in their 20's. There really are different concerns and needs for younger people when dx'd - especially when dealing with new marriages, or singles concerns about dating, having children at home (some with babies), not being anywhere near retirement possibilities, not much financial security yet - the list goes on.

    There are some people diagnosed younger on this board, but Colon Club focuses on those under 50. Since your concern was others dx'd early, you should check it out.

    www.ColonClub.com
  • Buzzard
    Buzzard Member Posts: 3,043 Member

    Another helpful source
    While this board is a great resource, there is another you should check out too. The Colon Club was founded by two young women with colon cancer. There are some people that were diagnosed at later ages that frequent the site (because even though they set it up for those under age 50 at diagnosis, they do not discriminate). But the majority there are those of us dx'd under age 50 - many in the 30's and 40's, and even some in their 20's. There really are different concerns and needs for younger people when dx'd - especially when dealing with new marriages, or singles concerns about dating, having children at home (some with babies), not being anywhere near retirement possibilities, not much financial security yet - the list goes on.

    There are some people diagnosed younger on this board, but Colon Club focuses on those under 50. Since your concern was others dx'd early, you should check it out.

    www.ColonClub.com

    Marcie.......I certainly hope you stay with us and I really.....
    hope that you never ever, ever, ever have to go through this crap again. You seem to have your noggin wrapped around this as well as possible, that is 50% of the journey. You are very young to be DX with something this nasty so kick its butt and move right on with your life...You are a beautiful woman with a beautiful smile and beautiful outlook on life....keep all your attributes shining.. You will be a great advocate for all of us as you live a long fruitful life........and yes we have young folk in here as well....I'm only a little over 9 ( in dog years ) but whose counting.....Keep up the good work and get through the chemo then leave it behind you.......all in the love for our buddies......buzz
  • MarcieDT
    MarcieDT Member Posts: 8

    Another helpful source
    While this board is a great resource, there is another you should check out too. The Colon Club was founded by two young women with colon cancer. There are some people that were diagnosed at later ages that frequent the site (because even though they set it up for those under age 50 at diagnosis, they do not discriminate). But the majority there are those of us dx'd under age 50 - many in the 30's and 40's, and even some in their 20's. There really are different concerns and needs for younger people when dx'd - especially when dealing with new marriages, or singles concerns about dating, having children at home (some with babies), not being anywhere near retirement possibilities, not much financial security yet - the list goes on.

    There are some people diagnosed younger on this board, but Colon Club focuses on those under 50. Since your concern was others dx'd early, you should check it out.

    www.ColonClub.com

    Thanks!!
    Thank you so much Kathryn, I will surely check it out. ;)
  • MarcieDT
    MarcieDT Member Posts: 8
    Buzzard said:

    Marcie.......I certainly hope you stay with us and I really.....
    hope that you never ever, ever, ever have to go through this crap again. You seem to have your noggin wrapped around this as well as possible, that is 50% of the journey. You are very young to be DX with something this nasty so kick its butt and move right on with your life...You are a beautiful woman with a beautiful smile and beautiful outlook on life....keep all your attributes shining.. You will be a great advocate for all of us as you live a long fruitful life........and yes we have young folk in here as well....I'm only a little over 9 ( in dog years ) but whose counting.....Keep up the good work and get through the chemo then leave it behind you.......all in the love for our buddies......buzz

    I'm doing my best!!
    Thanks very much Buzz. Trying to keep positive but not always easy. I plan to kick it's butt and hope to never see it again!!! ;)
  • AnneCan
    AnneCan Member Posts: 3,673
    Welcome Marcie
    This is a great place for information when you have this disease. There are people of all ages here. I wish you well with chemo. The little one looks adorable.
  • Buckwirth
    Buckwirth Member Posts: 1,258
    Buzzard said:

    Marcie.......I certainly hope you stay with us and I really.....
    hope that you never ever, ever, ever have to go through this crap again. You seem to have your noggin wrapped around this as well as possible, that is 50% of the journey. You are very young to be DX with something this nasty so kick its butt and move right on with your life...You are a beautiful woman with a beautiful smile and beautiful outlook on life....keep all your attributes shining.. You will be a great advocate for all of us as you live a long fruitful life........and yes we have young folk in here as well....I'm only a little over 9 ( in dog years ) but whose counting.....Keep up the good work and get through the chemo then leave it behind you.......all in the love for our buddies......buzz

    Buzz is our youngest member
    At heart. And even though I have not forgiven him for backing out of our date, after the sex change and everything (do a search on sex change) I still count him as a friend.

    He is a guiding light on our board, friend to all and sage to most.

    Whatever age you got this it is far to young, but it does not mean we can't have some fun once in a while. Welcome to the board, hope you stick around, another voice is always welcome.
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,044 Member
    hi
    Hi, Marcie.

    I can't really claim being young anymore, but I wanted to welcome you and tell you that I hope you'll hang out around here. You'll find out lots of good info and get great support.

    Your baby is precious!

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • TMac52
    TMac52 Member Posts: 352
    Hi Marcie
    Hey Marcie,
    Welcome sorry to have to meet you but glad you found this site. This has been so very helpful to me. I am 52 but I never really grew up so mentally i'm about 24 lol. Age doesnt really matter when you are faced with this rotten disease but young bodies heal faster from treatments you may be faced with. I hope and pray your doctors take control of your disease and heal you in a hurry.
    Tom
  • Lilmiss82
    Lilmiss82 Member Posts: 257
    tootsie1 said:

    hi
    Hi, Marcie.

    I can't really claim being young anymore, but I wanted to welcome you and tell you that I hope you'll hang out around here. You'll find out lots of good info and get great support.

    Your baby is precious!

    *hugs*
    Gail

    Hi Marcie
    Two years ago at the age of 27, I was diagnosed with stage IV rectal cancer. I live in San Jose,Ca and understand your want to connect with someone around your age. Please feel free to PM me if you would like. Welcome to this wonderful group who I have considered my 2nd family. They are very informative, supporative and overall good people. :)Melissa
  • taraHK
    taraHK Member Posts: 1,952
    welcome
    Welcome -- and sorry you have cause to be here.

    I was 44 when I was diagnosed -- not as young as you, but still relatively young! I had zero risk factors. Thunderbolt.

    I'm now 52 -- and have seen both my kids graduate from high school -- yea!!

    Is that your babe? What a honey. My kids have been my guiding light -- have allowed me to endure a lot of @#$# over the past few years -- and it has been worth every moment.

    Wishing you all the best in your journey.

    Tara
  • HollyID
    HollyID Member Posts: 946
    Hi Marcie,
    Glad you're here

    Hi Marcie,

    Glad you're here and hope you stay. This is a GREAT resource for all things colon (or as we are known: Semi-colon) related!! I'm really sorry you have to be here as well. It sucks big time. I was 46 when I was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer. Kick butt and take no prisoners. Glad you're here!!

    Love and Hugs,

    Holly
  • kellydinniss
    kellydinniss Member Posts: 16
    HollyID said:

    Hi Marcie,
    Glad you're here

    Hi Marcie,

    Glad you're here and hope you stay. This is a GREAT resource for all things colon (or as we are known: Semi-colon) related!! I'm really sorry you have to be here as well. It sucks big time. I was 46 when I was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer. Kick butt and take no prisoners. Glad you're here!!

    Love and Hugs,

    Holly

    Hi
    Hi Marcie,sorry you have had need to find this site but I'm sure you will find it really supportive. There seems to be so many young people this is happening to-my husband was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer 7 years ag aged 31. I was pregnant with our first child then and have since had another. there are different problems assocaited with the young age at diagnosis and often I think the oncologists and surgeons struggle as most people theye are treating are decades older but hang in there-your story sounds really positive for a good outcome. will keep my fingers and everything else crossed for you kellyx
  • kellydinniss
    kellydinniss Member Posts: 16
    HollyID said:

    Hi Marcie,
    Glad you're here

    Hi Marcie,

    Glad you're here and hope you stay. This is a GREAT resource for all things colon (or as we are known: Semi-colon) related!! I'm really sorry you have to be here as well. It sucks big time. I was 46 when I was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer. Kick butt and take no prisoners. Glad you're here!!

    Love and Hugs,

    Holly

    Hi
    Hi Marcie,sorry you have had need to find this site but I'm sure you will find it really supportive. There seems to be so many young people this is happening to-my husband was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer 7 years ag aged 31. I was pregnant with our first child then and have since had another. there are different problems assocaited with the young age at diagnosis and often I think the oncologists and surgeons struggle as most people theye are treating are decades older but hang in there-your story sounds really positive for a good outcome. will keep my fingers and everything else crossed for you kellyx
  • ngxbao
    ngxbao Member Posts: 4

    Hi
    Hi Marcie,sorry you have had need to find this site but I'm sure you will find it really supportive. There seems to be so many young people this is happening to-my husband was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer 7 years ag aged 31. I was pregnant with our first child then and have since had another. there are different problems assocaited with the young age at diagnosis and often I think the oncologists and surgeons struggle as most people theye are treating are decades older but hang in there-your story sounds really positive for a good outcome. will keep my fingers and everything else crossed for you kellyx

    best wishes
    Hi Marcie - Best wishes for your chemo treatment this Monday. I was diagnosed with colon cancer at 33. It has been three years now, and things are going great. You'll be ok. I also have one son and another one coming.
  • braelee2
    braelee2 Member Posts: 130
    Hi and welcome to the board.
    Hi and welcome to the board. I was 37 when I got cancer stage 3 . Stay strong I know it's hard but you can do it. I just finished my last chemo treatment. You will find that this is board is a god sent. It helped me through alot of hard times. Like eveeryone says don't be afraid to ask questions because someone on here will have an answer.
  • Love2Cats
    Love2Cats Member Posts: 127
    Hi there
    Does being young at heart count? I'm 47, and was just diagnosed late last year with stage 4 CC. I felt I was a little young to get CC too, because they say to start screening people over the age 50. Oh well, you can't fight city hall, so I make the best of it. Life is still good overall.

    I hope that your surgery took care of it for you, and that you and your cute little sweety, will enjoy many years of happiness together.

    Sandy
  • pete43lost_at_sea
    pete43lost_at_sea Member Posts: 3,900
    TMac52 said:

    Hi Marcie
    Hey Marcie,
    Welcome sorry to have to meet you but glad you found this site. This has been so very helpful to me. I am 52 but I never really grew up so mentally i'm about 24 lol. Age doesnt really matter when you are faced with this rotten disease but young bodies heal faster from treatments you may be faced with. I hope and pray your doctors take control of your disease and heal you in a hurry.
    Tom

    i am 44 and young at heart like tom
    welcome aboard.
    sorry you had to find us
    pete
  • Love2Cats said:

    Hi there
    Does being young at heart count? I'm 47, and was just diagnosed late last year with stage 4 CC. I felt I was a little young to get CC too, because they say to start screening people over the age 50. Oh well, you can't fight city hall, so I make the best of it. Life is still good overall.

    I hope that your surgery took care of it for you, and that you and your cute little sweety, will enjoy many years of happiness together.

    Sandy

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