So I have been away, couldn’t face blogging for the last week. Still been using the bike and still been getting up to and beyond 20k, even managed a 30k the other day… yay me!
So last Wednesday I go for a routine colonoscopy. They discover two polyps, both thankfully have been removed so their threat is gone, I do have to go back for a full examination as this one was incomplete, and they have said there is a high chance others will be lurking higher up. One of these polyps is a baby, well actually it is classed as large but it paled in comparison to its older and very much larger bigger brother snuggled nearby! unfortunately, neither were removed from the colon so I had to hunt for them post procedure (details of which I wont gross you out with but I honest to god thought I had missed this pleasure, my kids were more stickers up noses of things rather than swallowers!!)
The larger one was big and has caused some concern (awaiting histology reports on them both) because of the size of it, around 5cm and because of a family history (3 grandparents had colon cancer, and mother had polyps removed) of pre cancer and cancer, and because of symptoms. pfffft IBS she was told for all those years! I did see the beast and it was very large and scary looking, but i am NOT a pathologist so I know nothing…..
Anyway, been told by hospital that there is a high chance the big bugger has changes in it, so I have been given the following information –
If no cancer in the stalk or mucosa then the problem has been dealt with and even if cancer is contained in the main body of the tumour then still classed as benign as threat has been removed fully – whoop I have a strong feeling this is the case!
If spread down the stalk then lymph nodes will be looked at and removed along with effected area of bowel – again not so bad! All will be dealt with and gone – Bye Bye cancer!
if metastatic spread is evident then the big guns, surgery, chemo etc etc – not something I am going to worry about at this point.
So anyway feeling a bit flat but not broken.
Wake up to this on facebook.
Now I know I am tetchy about this subject this morning, but having a past of working in the medical field, and having only been given the information this week, I found this offensive and scaremongering for no apparent reason. Granted this person is not aware of my recent hospital trip, but this kind of misinformation makes me upset! So I informed them, this is posted by a group called cancer truth, but on the information I was given this isn’t truth!! Yes patients with colon cancer may receive chemo and radio BUT ONLY if they have metastatic disease along with it, the chemo and radio are not given to colon cancer patients to treat colon cancer! They are given to try to treat the mets found in liver, lungs or brain, the secondaries formed by lymphatic invasion SOMETIMES associated with colon cancer. Funnily enough no reply from them, why do conspiracy theorist feel it is ok to offend or scare people with their opinion yet when their opinion is tackled by someone with recent evidence they remain quiet?!
Not conspiracy theory bashing in any way shape or form, but surely they would argue their case using something along the lines of “I am entitled to my opinion”…. YEP well I too am entitled to mine!
All in all I have learnt that it is very easy to offend people on a social media site, so I stand up and say “Iam so so proud my facebook is vanilla and beige!” I would so much prefer to see people supporting people with this kind of thing
Anyway another week or two until results are in, so I have decided to remain calm, look after my family and cycle as often as I can!