Patient / Survivor
When I was 42, I went to see my primary care physician because I had some bleeding “down there” that had been going on for a couple of weeks. He thought it was probably nothing, but referred me to a GI for a colonoscopy.
During the colonoscopy, the GI found a tumor and a few polyps. All were removed for biopsy and he told me that he was sure everything would come back benign. At my follow-up GI appointment, my doctor told me that it was cancer and that I needed to have a left hemicolectomy the next week. After my surgery, the surgeon told me that the cancer had spread through the colon and was in my lymph nodes. It was diagnosed at stage IIIC.
Chemotherapy was hard and the side effects sometimes seemed unbearable. Now, almost 7 years later, I am still cancer free!
Be proactive in your healthcare decisions!