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MarcieDT
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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
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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

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Sonia32
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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

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Kathryn_in_MN
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Joined: Sep 2009

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

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Buzzard
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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

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MarcieDT
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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!!! ;)

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Buckwirth
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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.

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MarcieDT
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Thank you so much Kathryn, I will surely check it out. ;)

AnneCan
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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.

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tootsie1
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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

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Lilmiss82
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Joined: Dec 2009

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

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TMac52
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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

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pete43lost_at_sea
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welcome aboard.
sorry you had to find us
pete

taraHK
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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

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MarcieDT
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Yes Tara that is one of my twins. I have B/G twin 11 month old babies and a 5 year old beautiful girl. I feel so blessed even in the midst of this. They help me smile and forget, the 2 best things I can do right now!!

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HollyID
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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
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Joined: Mar 2004

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

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MarcieDT
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Thank you so much. Do you have twins? I noticed you said "children". I have 11 mo. old B/G twins and a 5 year old. A challenge in itself!!! :)

kellydinniss
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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

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ngxbao
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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.

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braelee2
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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.

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Love2Cats
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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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mommyof2kds
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Hi and welcome to the board. this place is full of knowledge and experiences. I was dx'ed in feb 09 with stage 3 rectal cancer involving lymph nodes. I was 35 at dx. Feel free to send me a PM if you need to chat.. Petrina

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MarcieDT
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ThanksPetrina. How do you send a pm?

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chrissy83
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Hi Marcie,

I am so sorry u have joined the rollercoaster from hell :( I have been riding this rollercaoster since Aug 2010.

I am 27 and was diagnosed whilst 14 weeks pregnent with my second baby..I was told I would have to abort at 20 weeks so I could have my whole rectum removed and have a temp bag...
Well I said no way was I aborting my healthy baby so they did the op with bub inside and she survived..thank god.. Well after the op my pathology came back as T2 with 11 out of 18 lymph nodes with cancer..WTF..... So my nightmare just begun..I have just finished my 6 months of chemo it wasn't as bad as I thought apart from getting a blood clot in my lungs a week before bub was due ( I delivered at 31 weeks 6 days so she was 2 months preemie) and the second last treatment of chemo I had an allergic reaction to the oxi which I swear nearly killed me...But in all I have now finished my chemo.... I have a beautiful baby girl and a 16 month old baby boy and I am just praying to god that this beast never ever comes back........... It is a hard road but you can do it!!!! I just look at my babies everyday and I know I will fight this evil beast with everything I have got.....

Chrissy

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MarcieDT
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Wow Chrissy, what a story! That is crazy!! Thank you so much for the support.

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kurtis
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I'm 18 and I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer when I was 16.

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MarcieDT
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Wow Kurtis, I thought I was young! It's not at all fair, is it?!?! Do you have any history in your family??

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kurtis
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You are young, I'm just younger haha. Yes, it is unfair. I'm in my senior year of high school right now and on my second set of chemo treatments. I have a really rare colon cancer called signet ring mucinoid adenocarcinoma, and there's no history for that particular one in my family. But I do have an uncle who had colon cancer.

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kurtis
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You are young, I'm just younger haha. Yes, it is unfair. I'm in my senior year of high school right now and on my second set of chemo treatments. I have a really rare colon cancer called signet ring mucinoid adenocarcinoma, and there's no history for that particular one in my family. But I do have an uncle who had colon cancer.

hegallagher
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Joined: Mar 2011

Hi Marcie, I too have been recently diagnosed with stage 3 cc. I had surgery 3/12 to remove my sigmoid colon and part of my bladder where the tumor had grown into. I start chemo in about two weeks. I am 35 years old..also one of the younger ones.

-Heather

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christinecarl
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Joined: Sep 2009

Not super young, but I was diagnosed at age 40 stage IIIB. I was always the youngest one in the infusion room.

kuastoi
Posts: 63
Joined: Apr 2009

48 years chronologically - but planning on at least 40 more.

I did not read all the other posts but I thought I'd just bring it up in case... Hope you have been test for Lynch syndrome as you are so young to have joined this "club". I am a Lynchie so I thought I'd toss it out there...

Tom

steved
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Joined: Apr 2004

I was 31 when diagnosed with low lying rectal cancer and went through the preop chemoradtiotherapy, resection then post op chemo. Wife was pregnant with our first child at the time and I remember feeling like my life had ended. Got through it day at a time and despite being stage 3 had seven years clear. Have just been diagnosed with a recurrence in the pelvis but don't let that dent your optimism about your situation. Being young improves your chances and your ability to cope with the treatments. From your position cure is realistic and by the looks of your pciture you have a source of all the motivation you need in your little one. we have since had another daughter and feel blessed to have been able to have the kids in amongst all the chaos of treatments, scans and appointments.
Keep in touch here and know there are many like you who have battled similar problems.
steve

Erinb
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Joined: Apr 2010

My husband was 35 when he was diagnosed with stage 4 in March 09. He is still undergoing treatment but doing fine. We have ONE little one. She is a lot of fun and the best medicine we could ask for.
I hope you have much success with your treatment.
Erin

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molly1029
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Marcie I do not have cancer but am a caretaker for my mother who is 64. I wish you the best and hope your chemo goes well. Do you have a history of this in your family?

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