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    I am freaking out.. i had no symptoms and am scheduled for surgery
    lking1950 posted:
    The last week has been a nightmare. I have no symptoms that anything was wrong. I am 61 and had never had a colonoscopy so went in last week. The doctor came in and said he couldn't do it because he couldn't get through and sent me to x-ray for a barium enema. They did the test and he came in and said there was an obstruction, maybe a tumor but I needed surgery. He sent me to a colon-rectal surgeon 200 miles away. I walked in and he said there is a 90% chance of cancer and I needed 20% of my desending colon taken out!! I about freaked..he said that the x-ray showed a 'apple core lesion' which is almost always cancerous. I had stage 1 unterine cancer 7 years ago with a hysterectomy and no further treatment. Does not having any symptoms like blood, diarhea, or constipation a good sign or just wishful thinking? I am so emotional about this and have cried constantly and haven't slept much
    cjtigers responded:
    I know only too well the fear and anxiety you are going through right now. I was diagnosed a year ago with stage 2 colon cancer and was scared out of my mind. The first couple of weeks were a nightmare. The crying and insomnia were horrible. I finally decided I needed something to calm me down a little. I called my family dr and he prescribed ativan and a sleeping pill to help me cope. It helped a lot. I hope you have lots of friends and family to help support you through this. This is a lousy thing to have to deal with, I know, so be kind to yourself and accept all of the help and support you can get. Keep us posted.

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