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Jodi
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« on: June 11, 2012, 05:05:05 PM »

Hi All,

I would like to introduce myself, my name is Jodi and i am 32 years old - hence why i am posting under "young people with bowel cancer" I have 2 children 4 and 13 years old, a career and a mortgage and i am now scared out of my wits let me tell you my story so far and i hope that some of you may be able to help?Huh

I went to the Doctors in March due to a lot of bleeing (like a period) out of my bum, and sometimes i wasn't even passing a stool?? I knew then that the bloating and tummy aches may not be down to my self diagnosed IBS??? I then convinced myself i had piles and went to the GP who did a rectal exam (embarassing) after finding no piles or anything else that might concern him he sent me to the Gasterology dept to see the consultant, again at this appt i had a rectal exam and was told i had small internal piles and bleeding from the anus can be "one of those things that happen in life!" - i quote.......... However not happy with this at all as i felt like i was being dismissed as a paranoid mad woman i opted for a Sigmoidoscopy, which revealed a 15mm sized polyp - which as i saw myself on the big screen!!!!! so much for being paranoid!!?Huh
The doctor told me then that he could not remove or take a biopsy as it was "angry" which i did notice myself - its was bleeing alot (due to enema before) and also lots of mucus and stuff??? it didn't look happy to me either..........
I am now booked in for a colonoscopy where they say they are hoping to remove it or at best take a biopsy - this is in 2 weeks time and the wait for this is awful i can't stand it......
I always tell people not to look on the internet as there is a fatal disease to match all sorts of symptoms!!! However i did  hence why i stumbled across thie forum,  now i am sooooooooo worried it will be confirmed as cancer and i wanted to talk to other "young" people who may have gone through this too i also have been told i am too young for a polyp and this is quite rare especially due to the size of it?
When i go for my colonoscopy can the doctor tell straight away is if its cancer or is it another anxious wait for the pathology report??? If they can tell with a naked eye so to speak what do they look for?Huh? I know these are crazy questions but i am quietly in my own head sincerely worried.........please help.....

xxx Jodi  Huh
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2012, 05:54:13 PM »

Hello Jodi and welcome to our forum,

I know you have posted under the 'Young people with bowel cancer' but this is a fairly general question and I guess you want some answers quickly!

I can imagine how you feel, most of the people who answer questions on the forum have had a diagnosis for bowel cancer, so have been through what you are going through now. Believe me it is one of the worst time, just waiting to find out, you will have many scenarios playing through your head, once you have a diagnosis of whatever it is, the anxiety will not be so terrifying as you will know what you are dealing with and the team at the hospital will draw up a plan of action for you.

Right, back to this polyp, is is very possible that on looking at it during the colonoscopy they will be able to tell you if it is malignant (cancerous) or not; they could tell with mine straight away and told me so, his words were, 'there is little doubt', but it will have to be sent for biopsy whatever they decide when looking at it or removing it.

Hopefully the fact that they think they can remove it means that even if it is cancer they think they can remove it with a clear enough margin to deem that they have removed all of it, which should mean that it has not gone through the bowel wall and spread.

The nurses on the helpline here are wonderful, full of knowledge, kind and with time to talk properly to you, so I recommend that you phone them tomorrow, for more reassurance. the number is 08450 719 301 during office hours.

Hopefully someone younger than me will come on here soon and chat to you about their experiences. Do try not to worry too much, your colonoscopy is soon now and then you will have some answers.

Do update us with your results and if you need more help we will be here to help with our experiences.

Best wishes and big hugs, Alison
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2012, 07:51:33 PM »

Hi Jodi,

I'm 43, so don't quite make it into the "young" category, but I also have two children and a mortgage so I can completely understand the terror that fills you when things like this happen.

My full story is under a separate thread; I was sent for a colonoscopy in March and also watched as they discovered an angry "something" on the screen .. In my case it was cancer (in my sigmoid colon) and the consultant came and told me before I went home from the procedure. I've had surgery to remove it and I'm now cancer-free & well on the way to full recovery.

My future screening involves colonoscopies, I'm very nervous about the hospitals ability to spot things quickly enough in future, but my surgeon assures me that polyps don't always become cancers and even if they do it's a slow process so my screening will be adequate. Colonoscopies are routinely used for removal of polyps, I'm guessing they all get sent to pathology and I'm certain everyone on here will agree that waiting for the results is by far the worst time..

I'm not sure I've answered everything you asked, I'm using an iPhone so scrolling around to check is awkward.. If there's anything else you want to quiz me about, now or in the future please come find me on here.. I'm not a regular contributor, but I always check in for a read so I'm never usually far away :-)

My thoughts are with you
Louise :-)
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2012, 12:33:38 PM »

Hi Jodi

The amount of times I've heard the phrase "you're too young"  Roll Eyes

I'm also 32 years old and was diagnosed with bowel cancer last December.

I'm glad you were able to have the sigmoidoscopy, the earlier polyps are caught - the better. You will feel terrified...the waiting is unbearable but please try not to worry yourself sick until you've had the results of the pathology. I had a sigmoidoscopy six weeks after my tumour removal op just to check if I had anymore polyps that the surgeon didn't see (my op was emergency, hence no prior colonoscopy) I did have more, the doctor removed them and they were tested. These turned out to be benign, hopefully this will be the case for you as well.

Best of luck with your colonoscopy, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Take care, Hayley x
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2012, 03:03:02 PM »

Thank you all for your lovely replies......

Still feeling nervous but i now only have a week and a half now till my colonoscopy and hopefully some information regarding this bloody polyp which has turned my life upside down........

Will keep you all posted with updates and results!!

Hayley - so are you in remission now or still fighting?? Did they manage to remove it all with surgery? If so was it keyhole or are you left with big scar - sorry my inquisitive mind is working overtime lol xx

Jodi

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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2012, 04:34:21 PM »

hi Jody

just to put i my pennies worth  a 15 mm one is not that big and not that old really
mine was 50mm and quite advanced
i have had chemo and radiotherapy back in december / january,
had a really good response,
then  open bowel operation to remove all that remained and that was 10th of May ,
then this monday the 11th of June saw the specialist nurse who told me the radiotherapy had completely wiped out the tumour and there was no trace of any cancer in what they had removed from me.
so cant get better than that.
becasue mine was  large and advanced in the first place they are putting me on 6 months chemo starting in a 2 to 4 weeks time.

i wish mine had only been 15mm in the first place.
so chin up, it could have been a lot worse. and at least you got bleeding when it was still  not big, i didnt till it was 50mm !!

cheers
 best wishes

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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2012, 08:34:14 PM »

Hi Jodi

Thankfully, I'm in remission  Grin I had a full scan in May and I'm currently cancer free. I'm one happy bunny about this!

I had keyhole surgery for quite a large tumour, my surgeon did a brilliant job of removing all of the tumour with clear tissue margins. I've done 3 months of chemo, currently having radiotherapy to zap the area where my tumour was (this is extra insurance to make sure any microscopic cells that may or may not be lurking are destroyed) then another 3 months of chemo.

I'm very positive about it all (of course, I do have my off days but the past year has been a real swine to me) and I believe from what you've described that IF the polyp is cancerous that it's been caught extremely early. Bowel cancer when caught early is a very treatable and curable disease! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's benign.

If you want to know a little bit more about it all, I do write a blog. It's my experience is with this, not all of it is pleasant but if you do want a read, I hope you can take something from it (http://hales247.blogspot.com).

Take care and big hugs, Hayley x
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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2012, 01:57:20 PM »

Hi Jodi,

Your story sounds very similar to mine - I'm 29 with two kids (9 & 6) and had a big bleed in March, which drs kept telling me would be piles and I was too young for 'anything more sinister', but the lack of any visible piles led to a colonoscopy, the removal of 12 polyps including one big one in the sigmoid colon, and subsequent diagnosis of bowel cancer (the big one was the only malignant one). I had a bowel resection by laparoscopy on 2nd May and the histology came back showing there was no spread to lymph nodes or surrounding tissue. I don't have to have chemo or radiotherapy, and 6 weeks on I feel well recovered from the surgery. I have to have another colonoscopy in August to remove more polyps (that they hadn't seen/removed the first time) but I'm hopeful that they'll be benign.

So,although having a similar story might not be reassuring in the sense that any cancer diagnosis at a young age and as a mum is scary territory, I want to offer hope that if it does end up being cancer, the journey isn't always what we think (I mentally prepared myself for all sorts of scenarios!!!), and there is loads of support here.

Take care, I hope the next week goes quickly for you (kids at least provide some distraction I found!) oh, and after my colonoscopy they just told me they'd taken biopsies, but the histology only took 2 days to come back. Let us know how you get on, and feel free to ask any other questions.
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2012, 06:22:07 PM »

Hi to all who replied to me - i found it all very comforting that you didn't think i was mad and paranoid!!!!

It is now only a few days until the colonoscopy, monday to be infact and i am not looking forward to the bowel prep this weekend - joy!!!!! However it is a means to an end and fingers crossed it will end there and they are to remove it job done............if it is cancerous well i will deal with it as all of the members on this forum have done or are doing - you guys honestly are true inspirations!!!!!!!

I wish all of you well with ur treatment etc and i will let you all know the outcome and thank you again to everyone i have had contact with on this site inculding the nurses - FAB!!!

Lots of love

Jodi
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2012, 02:50:22 AM »

Hi Jodi

I have been away and missed all of your posts till now but thought i would say hi! as usualy you have had a great response from the other members of the forum,good luck on Monday and i am sure we will all want to know how it goes!

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« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2012, 10:31:52 AM »

Hi Jodi,

Just wondering how you're coping now that your colonoscopy is imminent? I'm sure you're not enjoying the bowel prep and let me warn you, you will probably bleed a LOT! I did and was scared stiff, but remember, it is not ALL blood, you will have drunk huge amounts of liquid and that will make up most of what you are passing, blood does tend to colour it vividly and cause panic!

Hope tomorrow goes as well as possible, try and keep calm and think about the fact that they should be able to rid you of this polyp and that soon you will know what is what and then if it is bad news you will at least know what you are dealing with and will of course get huge support from all of us on the forum and the nurses, so do use the service, it WILL save your sanity!

Good luck, thoughts with you today and tomorrow!

Alison
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« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2012, 07:27:25 PM »

Good luck for tomorrow Jodi.  It is not  pleasant having the bowel prep liquid (I had Fleet ugg awful stuff) But you will soon have some answers.

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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2012, 01:42:17 PM »

Thinking of you today Jodi, and hoping you don't have to wait too long for results.
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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2012, 02:31:59 PM »

best wishes  for today Jodi

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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2012, 06:23:32 PM »

Jodi, I hope all went well with your recent times in hospital. You seem to have got a wonderful response from people on the forum. My name is Graeme and I was 34 years old when diagnosed with multiple polyps in my large bowel.....luckily I caught the disease early, had surgery and no chemo or radiotherapy. I'm now 48 and am very 100% fit and fully recovered. I was diagnosed three months before the birth of my first son but many benefits came out of the shock and subsequent disability that surgery and diagnosis brought me. Being off work for over a year enabled me to fully recover my strength and blessed me with precious time with my newly born son. It also helped my wife cope with the dual tasks of motherhood and being principal carer for me. Please try not to worry about what lies ahead for it is your body that will dictate the pathway and you'll need to put personal expectations and recovery deadlines aside. Let yourself go with the flow and you won't get so frustrated. Good luck with everything and keep us posted as we're all watching you carefully. Stay positive. Graeme xx
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