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Hi I'm new to all this I'm 32 and was diagnosed on Friday with bowel cancer. Just looking for someone really who is going through what I'm going through. I'm waiting on a petscan before treatment begins. They can't remove surgically as of yet so the plan is treatment first possible chemo but won't know till I see the specialist. Lots of mixed emotions rite now regarding work life, my children and my family anyone going through similar or have any advice 

  • Hi  and a warm welcome to the board. This initial stage of waiting for scan results and meetings etc. is very stressful but once you have a treatment plan in place then things will honestly feel a bit better. 
    There’s lots of support and advice on here and the support desk is there if you want to chat to someone in person? Bowel cancer is very treatable and the next year will be tough but we’ll help you through it.

    Ive attached a link to a booklet for younger people and also a link to a booklet about talking to children?

    https://bowelcancerorguk.s3.amazonaws.com/Publications/YoungPersonsGuide_BowelCancerUK.pdf

    https://www.bupa.co.uk/health/health-insurance/bupa-cancer-promise/understanding-cancer#:~:text=Explaining%20cancer%20to%20young%20children,the%20different%20types%20of%20treatments.

    Take care

    Karen x

    Macmillan Support Line - 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week between 8am-8pm
  • Hi Abi, very sorry about the news but everyone here is lovely and I found it very helpful joining and reading posts about people in similar situations. I had chemotherapy prior to having my primary removed as I could not initially have surgery- I've now had that surgery so hopefully that helps. I know everyone says it but you do feel better once you meet and get to know your team and get into having scans and treatment as I think you will more in control and that you're working towards getting better. I don't have children but I struggled with the impact on my family- I was given advice by my surgoen (long story but I'd had previous surgery which is now this was all found) to take Mum/ partner with me to meet the team and I think that really helped- obviously that's different for children. Macmillan are so so helpful and kind- they have a help line and I would really recommend speaking to them. Keep us posted on how you're doing

  • Good morning Kim, thank you for your message I have my first oncology appointment friday so hopefully I will know what the plan is. A little anxious and nervous but I think your rite I just need to know what's happening. If you don't mind me asking how was the chemo? I've heard it can be quite grueling being a mum and working with 2 year olds makes me wonder how well I will cope with treatment and keep up with daily life