Real patients discuss their personal history of colon disease, and talk about their diagnosis.
I don’t have any history of colon disease and that’s why I felt strange about going to my provider with my concerns because I felt I was too young.
I’m the youngest of 20; there was 10 boys, 10 girls. And out of that group I would say that there’s probably 12 of us that has … that’s had some form of cancer.
Before I was diagnosed I wasn’t aware that I had any risk factors for colon cancer. I had no family history of colon cancer, no family history of cancer — period.
It really didn’t sink in that I had something serious because I didn’t hurt.
I had no abdominal pain, no indications of any problems whatsoever in the colon.
It was hard for me to get past the embarrassment of it to speak to someone.
When I first went to the doctor, he told me I had … I just had hemorrhoids.
And she said, “There was rectal bleeding.” And I told her that I was told it was hemorrhoids and she said, “You don’t have any hemorrhoids.”
And he said, “You’re probably going to have to be operated on.” So I said, “Well, if that’s the case, then let’s just do it.”
As a result of a routine physical, my doctor ordered a colonoscopy. I hadn’t had a sigmoidoscopy in probably four years, and it showed up on that.
So when I had my colon checked, well, he found out that I did, in fact, have cancer and it had not penetrated the outside walls yet. But he said, “In order for us to be sure, we’re going to have to take some of the colon out.”
The diagnosis was very clear; it was a tortuous colon with a polyp that was … that turned out to be precancerous.
What they found on the colonoscopy was a very large tumor that the doctor predicted would’ve been a total closure within four months.
I also have diverticulosis, which is the inflammation of it.
At the time of my colonoscopy, my first colonoscopy when they told me there was a polyp. “Okay.” But when the diagnosis came back that it was cancer that’s when I was, “Oh, this is not good.”
I thought maybe I was overreacting, but turns out I wasn’t.