Sunflower - I know you're scared, just make sure you keep your GI appt and find ways to relax until then. Or hobbies, escapes to take your mind off your medical concerns until then. It is so easy to allow your worries and anxieties to run wild with something like this and my best advice, don't let it.
I am speaking from experience.
Like you, I was 41, went in for a regular Pap, and my GYN said it's time to begin anal smears, since you're over 40. He did one, saw blood and said - Hmmmmmm. I asked what he found. He said - there's blood on your smear. I sat straight up, gown fell
open, I didn't care, saying - my dad and aunt both died from CC. He said well then, let's get you scheduled for your first colonoscopy.
I was freaking out. But ended up having 2 benign polyps. I was grateful my GYN doc did an anal smear.
I did however have a malignant tumor form 2 years later but nearly every surgeon, oncologist, nurse, GI technician, etc. told me how rare it was for someone my age to have. I held onto these statements knowing it was rare but treatable. And it was only Stage I, I was lucky I had a GI doctor already established.
So for now, make sure you keep your appt., don't cancel it for any reason and let's see what your diagnosis is before your thoughts run wild.
I can relate to how you're feeling, not trying to dismiss your feelings but it could be so many things that have nothing to do with cancer.
Let us know what your doctor finds.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg each evening
Post Edited (Marsky) : 3/17/2010 2:31:56 PM (GMT-6)