Colorectal cancer

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sorry if I babble on as I’ve never been on a forum before.

I started at the end of last year with what I thought was problems with my haemorrhoid. I’ve suffered with them on and off for years. But in the January things hadn’t got any better, but I still wasn’t worried TBH. I went to the Drs and she said I needed to do a fit test. In the February it came back positive. So I went for a colonoscopy in the end of March, a large polyp was found, to big to take out then. They did a biopsy that came back clear. 
I had a sigmoidoscopy in the middle of May to have the polyp removed. I was told it had grown and changed. Five weeks later I’ve been told it was stage one cancer. I’m going for a CT scan this week. So for the last six months my life has been full of what ifs and maybe’s. It seems to be in my thoughts pretty much all of the time. 
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  • Hi  and a warm welcome to the board. Stage 1 is good and it means that the tumour has been caught really early on. The CT scan will check that there is nothing going on in any of the surrounding areas and you’ll hopefully be given regular check ups? 

    Have you thought about giving the support desk a ring? They may have sone handy advice for negotiating this stage?

    Take care

    Karen x

    Macmillan Support Line - 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week between 8am-8pm
  • I would recommend finding someone to talk to that isn’t apart of your life - I found it much easier to talk to a therapist because I could just be real and honest and didn’t feel was weighing down people in my personal life. The thoughts can be all consuming, getting it out really helps. I would talk to a therapist, the help line or I think there are some nhs mental health services you can self refer but I don’t know what the wait time is like. My nurse I spoke to for my appts was also able to make a referral xx

  • Thank you for your reply. I feel I just need to get the CT scan and results done to start with. But I know this is something I need to address, as I’m going go through this process.  
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  • Thank for your advice.

    Most of the time I’ve got it under control, but then I have a little panic. And your right, I don’t want to bang on about it to my family.

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  • It’s ok not to have it under control all the time, I certainly haven’t!!!! But please do talk to someone, it helps to vent x