Just joined this group after finding out I have bowel cancer, which was found after attending a bowel cancer screening, which found a large polyp. Life seemed to stand still and move into fast forward at the same time, with different test, scans & biopsy to confirm there are cancer cells present.
The results suggest early stage bowel cancer & now have an appointment for my op, which in one way is the positive of this diagnosis, the bit that has thrown me in away is I had none of the symptoms associated with bowel cancer! so I am glad I went for the screening.
I still don't know how I feel about this, i suppose numb may be the feeling? my wife has found it hard and more upset about my diagnosis than I am (at present) i expect it to hit home at some point.
Hi AndyM1214 and welcome to the Online Community, although I am sorry to see you finding us and so sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with bowel Cancer.
Any cancer diagnosis brings a lot of stress and confusion but talking with people who are on the same journey can help a lot and will reduce the whirlwind wind that is rushing in your head.
As my cancer journey was rather different you may like to follow this link to Bowel (colon and rectum) cancer forum where you will connect with people who understand the journey you are on. You can ask the folks questions about tests, treatments and what to expect during the months ahead.
Follow the link above and join the group by hitting the ‘Join the Group’ tab just under the main group name. At this point select how you want to receive email notifications when someone answers your posts.
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You may find our various Macmillan Support Line Services to be helpful - call them on 0808 808 00 00 This free service covers Emotional Support, Practical Information. Clinical Information, Financial Support and Work Guidance mostly open 8.00 to 8.00 but check the link.
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Our Online Information and Support Section is a good place to find information covering cancer diagnosis, treatments and pages covering most types of cancers.
Talking to people face to face can help a lot so check to see if you have any Local Macmillan Support Groups in your area or a Maggie’s Centre as these folks are amazing.
When you feel up to it try putting some information in your profile. This really helps others when answering. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. Just click on YOUR username, select 'Edit Profile'. Put as much or as little in your profile and you can amend it at any time - you can see members profiles by hitting our forum names.
All the very best.
Mike - Thehighlander
It always seems impossible until its done - Nelson Mandela
Hello Andy. My husband was diagnosed with advanced stage 4 bowel cancer 6 years ago. It had spread to his liver. Multiple surgeries later and he is still going. They call it palatative surgerys. He is doing very well and it is looking like he will live a long and happy life. I hope this helps . Best wishes to you and your wife. Bev.
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