Have been reading through the stories and threads on here pretty much all day and anybody (with or without bowel cancer) can take true inspiration from the kindness and courage expressed by all of you.
Myself, I have a colonoscopy tomorrow and I am just in the process of taking the bowel preparation now (it has not kicked in yet). I have been feeling pretty terrible since Christmas (lack of appetite, weight loss, rectal pain) and I am pretty sure the colonoscopy is going to show something. Despite this, I think hearing the words tomorrow is going to knock me for six. I just cannot stop thinking about my wife and beautiful daughters and how it is going to effect them. Many people in the threads have mentioned this, but I just cannot bare the thought of not seeing them growing up and taking them down the isle (but I guess these thoughts are normal?).
My dad died of bowel cancer at 67 (just after retirement - worst luck) and then my mum with breast cancer at 69 and they both went pretty slowly. It is a horrible disease - but I guess we all have a connection with it at some point in our lives.
It feels like the treatment is starting to kick in - anyway nice to meet you all and it feels like I know some of you already.