This is my virgin post in this forum. Pardon me for my bad English, terminology and whatsoever. Hopefully, I didn't post at the wrong section.
I’m 19 years old from Singapore. I always knew my mother died of colon cancer but I never knew it was inherited. Three weeks ago, my dad bought me to the clinic and at there, it was then when I learnt that the colon cancer that my mother died of is inherited and there is a high chance that I might inherit it as well. So the doctor at the clinic referred me to the hospital and booked an appointment with a doctor over there.
A week later, I went to the hospital with my stepmom and had a consultation with a doctor. Chit-chat with the doctor and he examined my rectum, eyes, head and may be some other areas as well. As my head had a bump, he suggested me to take an x-ray and referred me to another surgeon doctor. The next day, I had my x-ray done and consultation with the surgeon doctor and he told me to do a colonoscopy. Apparently, I wasn’t told anything regarding the x-ray and I forgot to ask about
it during the consultation.
Two days ago, I had my colonoscopy and they found like 7 polyps and 1 red angry looking thingy in my colon. The doctor who did my colonoscopy removed the angry looking bast*, and took it for biopsy and told me it would be best to have my colon removed soon, and book me for an appointment with some consultant regarding the surgery as well as the biopsy report, to answer any doubts I or my family might have.
As my dad do not have any medical records of my mother except FAP was written in my mother’s death certificate, if I remember it correctly. So they didn’t actually do any testing to check whether if I did inherit it from my mother.
Also as everything happened too quickly (3 weeks, 1 consultation at clinic, 2 consultation at hospital & colonoscopy), I was sort of in denial over the fact that, “Hey, you got polyps and that red angry looking bast* in your colon. Say sayonara to your colon and welcome the new pouch.” I would love for sure to know that I really did inherited it from my mother (it will remove my denial, I guess).
I did some google-ing and found information like internal & external pouch as well as this forum. I wouldn’t like having the external pouch right now, I’m pretty sure most wouldn’t want it right away since it’s visible? Like I said everything happened too quickly, I have some questions I wanna asked instead of waiting for the next appointment, next week. I would be glad if anyone here could answer me.
1) What is life like with the internal pouch and the external pouch?
2) As I feel it all happened too quickly, did any of you guys also go through it so quickly? I mean, consultation, colonoscopy and right away, possibly, removal of colon.
3) I have read that because w/o the big intestine, food does not stay long in your body. Do you guys eat any supplement or whatsoever to make the loss of nutrients, if any?
There is pretty much more questions I would like to ask and clarify but while I was typing this, all the questions marks I had seemed to disappear. Sorry for this long-winded post and may be weird questions and thank you for your time.
Post Edited (xcxcxc) : 3/5/2009 1:43:43 AM (GMT-7)