Recently diagnosed

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Hi, I've recently undergone a right hemicolectomy and following removal of the tumour told that i have a T3 with vascular invasion, stage II and will require adjuvant chemotherapy. I am recovering well from surgery and awaiting an appointment with the oncologist to discuss the treatment plan. Luckily there has been no lymph node involvement which I believe could be a positive but I am still fearful for the future and feel really down. I feel like my life has been put on hold and at times struggle to see positives moving forward. I'm sorry for posting but just feel quite isolated and alone at the moment. I guess I'm still in a state of shock, everything has happened so quickly from having the colonoscopy to surgery and at times its tough to process. I have so many fears, will I get to see my children grow up, will the cancer come back or spread, will I ever be able to work again, how will chemo impact on me short and long term. I'm trying to remain positive but at times its tough and would like to hear other people's experiences of dealing and coping with diagnosis and seek advice on strategies coping with a cancer diagnosis.

  • Hi  and a very warm welcome to the online community which I hope you'll find is both an informative and supportive place to be.

    It sounds like you've been through a tough time so I can understand you wanting to find others who have been on a similar path to you.

    The online community is divided into different support forums and I can see that you've already found and joined the bowel cancer forum which is a great place to ask questions, share experiences and get support.

    When you feel ready, you can start a new post there in the same way as you did here and join in with existing conversations by clicking on 'reply'.

    It would be great if you could put something about your diagnosis and treatment to date into your profile as it really helps others when replying to you and also when looking for someone on a similar pathway. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. To do this click on your username and then select 'Profile'. You can amend it at any time and if you're not sure what to write you can take a look at mine by clicking on my username.

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