Frightened isn't the word..
My partner(56) was diagnosed on sat after a colonoscopy that he had rectal cancer.
He has had on going issues for nearly a year, with 3 doctor visits for loose bowels/ mucous/bloating etc and even being in the age range and having red flag symptoms he was always just offered a rectal exam and told it was probably ibs.
Latest visit in Dec prompted a urgent 2 week referral for a colonoscopy which he had on Sat 27th Jan. Dr explained during colonoscopy that it looks to have spread (not sure if this is possible to know from colonoscopy) and this has obviously started a 4 day frenzy of mad googling and convincing myself he must have stage 4 and it must have spread everywhere.
We are obviously devastated at the diagnosis..barely getting through each day at the moment. He had MRI today and CT scan has been scheduled for Tuesday so although things are in place it's just such a frightening time.
I suppose what I'm asking is does this really get any easier? We Feel like our world has been turned upside down. We have tried to concentrate on the positives- that many people successfully fight this, but the overwhelming fear that it has already spread due to the year of misdiagnosis always comes back to bite us.
Sorry to rant but in a very scary overwhelming place right now and I want to be as strong as I can for him.