I'm new here too, though i don't spend as much time here on MDC as i'd like... you'll all understand, i'm sure !!! I am 31, and mama of DS, age 4.5 and DD, age 2. I am currently on disability, but i am a pediatric physical therapist and can't wait to get back to work... AKA, NORMAL!! Why am i here... Well, in november, after about 9-10 months of not feeling right, thinking i had IBS and losing more weight than i care to discuss... I saw a GI doc, who, after hearing of my rectal bleeding, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and nausea.. confirmed my self Dx of IBS. see ya when we see ya was the gist of their goodbye. nice. in january, after the holidays had passed and still not feeling better, I called again. insisted on another appt. Still, i was told it's IBS, alternating type, and I have to live with it. take peppermint oil for my discomfort, because i was still nursing DD, and not willing to wean. plus, i had an inkling meds would mask symptoms and i was not comfortable with their dx. based solely on my complaints. we live in an age with sophisticated medical technology, and they didn't want to use any of it. Again, i got the basic "See ya when we see ya" response,... so again in february I called (thank GOD we were persistent!!) because DH recognized that i was getting worse. I mean, i couldn't drive half hour to work some days without having a bowel accident in my work pants.. talk about humiliating. ugh. I called again in Feb and basically insisted they do a colonoscopy. i remember being in the recovery room and the doc comign in to tell me, while still recovering from sedation, Jeez... that he found a bad lookng mass in my rectum. then he left after i asked all abotu surgery and colostomy bags and stuff... that was a friday afternoon. he called on tuesday to tell me i had rectal cancer.
i've since seen a lawyer, don't worry. I've found a good team of docs to help my fight, it's been a rough road so far- 6 weeks of radiation plus chemo, which i tolerated ok until the end. I am currently in the middle of my 6 week healing period, which will lead then to surgery to remove the diseased part of my colon. after that, i have another 6-12 week break, and then begin 6 months of chemo, every 2 weeks, wearing a pump to administer it for 2-3 days at a time. I HOPE to be able to work during this time. we'll see.
anyway, my "this is gonna be short" intro has turned into a novel... but the real kicker... well, aside from being told each visit that it was stress related, was that at the first visit with the GI doc, I pressed for more info, and asked "well, you say this is IBS, what else could it be??" and would you believe the response i got was:" What?? If you're worried that this is cancer, it's not, you're too young."
anyway, sorry we all have to be here together... but we'll get through it. I have a lot of help when the fatigue, pain a, ddiarrhea are too much to bear, my church cooks meals, so i have not cooked in months, but our family has had healthy meals, I've lost 40 lbs, but i'm working on gaining it back LOL! And the biggest thing that has helped me though this is my faith in my LORD Jesus Christ. he's my rock and I know we will survive this.