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Teddy in Vienna

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Hi all, I am a 35 year old guy and have just been diagnosed with an invasive carcinoma in the lower colon. I had been fearing the worst for a while but the confirmation still left me reeling. Although I am from the UK, and my family lives on the Welsh borders, I have been living and working in Vienna the past 3 years. Adding to my stress and sense of isolation therefore is the fact of living alone in a foreign city and engaging with a medical bureaucracy with which I am unfamiliar and often in a language that I barely speak! Fortunately, the medical care here is excellent and I have a solid support network. Nevertheless, I am still feeling lost and uncertain in wake of the news and wanted to join the community to find support and learn more. Thank you in advance and my warmest wishes go out to all fellow patients, relatives and friends.

jj

@Teddy in Vienna
You must be with the doc now. Just to say was thinking of you and sending you positive vibes.
All the very best.
Regards

Teddy in Vienna

@jj , thank you for your thoughts and vibes. As expected the bank holiday here has intervened and so no doc visits today. However, rang up the general hospital (AKH) and I’m to go first thing tomorrow morning for the CT scan. Consultation to establish treatment plan and begin prep for surgery will then be on Friday. From there the process is to take a total 2-3 weeks. They would expedite if required but based on colonoscopy results and symptoms they currently deem to be not urgent. Fingers crossed. The surgeon recommended by the GI specialist I’ve been seeing is apparently not available so the process currently is to be led instead by an alternative surgeon who also appears to be highly capable. I will confirm all this though with the GI specialist tomorrow prior to the CT scan.

All who advised involving a companion in the process were absolutely right. Throughout I've been very fortunate to have the support of a close friend who has provided translation, note-taking and sanity-checking support. This has made a crucial difference.

@sj72 I am sending you good vibes as you await your results. Good luck and let us know how you get on.

Best wishes,
Teddy

sj72
Quote from @Teddy in Vienna:
@jj , thank you for your thoughts and vibes. As expected the bank holiday here has intervened and so no doc visits today. However, rang up the general hospital (AKH) and I’m to go first thing tomorrow morning for the CT scan. Consultation to establish treatment plan and begin prep for surgery will then be on Friday. From there the process is to take a total 2-3 weeks. They would expedite if required but based on colonoscopy results and symptoms they currently deem to be not urgent. Fingers crossed. The surgeon recommended by the GI specialist I’ve been seeing is apparently not available so the process currently is to be led instead by an alternative surgeon who also appears to be highly capable. I will confirm all this though with the GI specialist tomorrow prior to the CT scan.

All who advised involving a companion in the process were absolutely right. Throughout I've been very fortunate to have the support of a close friend who has provided translation, note-taking and sanity-checking support. This has made a crucial difference.

@sj72 I am sending you good vibes as you await your results. Good luck and let us know how you get on.

Best wishes,
Teddy

Thank you Teddy, if your treatment plan involves an anterior resection quite a number of us here on the forum have had one so plenty of experience to answer any questions you might have.

Best wishes
Sharon

Teddy in Vienna

@sj72 Thank you Sharon! Hopefully I’ll know more on Friday and will update then. Goodnight I’m the meantime and rest well.

Best wishes,
Teddy

sj72
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@sj72 Thank you Sharon! Hopefully I’ll know more on Friday and will update then. Goodnight I’m the meantime and rest well.

Best wishes,
Teddy

You too. I find myself needing to rest during the day and indulge in the odd nap or two then come the night time, I am wide awake. My sleep cycle is totally back to front.

pingu14

Thinking of you tomorrow Teddy! Wishing you all the best! :x::x:

DianeS

A late welcome from me @Teddy in Vienna. So pleased you have found our forum as there are so many lovely people on here and it’s great to be able to share our experiences, and offer help to those who are in need of advice. Wishing you lots of luck for tomorrow, Diane :x::x:

jj

@Teddy in Vienna
All the very best for today. Stay positive and strong
Regards
Jane

Clancy

@Teddy in Vienna, good morning Teddy, good luck for today. Sending love and positive energy your way.:x::x:

sj72

@Teddy in Vienna, wishing you all the best for today Teddy

:x::x:

Teddy in Vienna

Hi @pingu14, @jj, @Clancy, @sj72, @greyhound gal, @Gypsy, thanks all so much for your wishes. Just seen the surgeon and team who are all absolutely lovely, efficient and reassuring. Prospective date for surgery 22 May but they’re confident they can get me in before then. Will confirm early next week. Procedure straightforward and minimally invasive. Will take lymph node samples afterwards to determine whether further treatment necessary thereafter. Meanwhile, they confirmed CT was good but would like another for the thorax before surgery. This will be on Tuesday. So far all seems to be going as well as possible. Warmest wishes to everyone and hope you can all get some respite this weekend :x::x::x::x:

Gypsy

I'm so pleased for you @Teddy in Vienna . It's not long to wait for the operation that will bin the B tumour for good and all! That's such a great thought isn't it? You'll be fine with the surgery but eat well and get lots of sleep and do lovely things meantime. Now is the time to spoil yourself! Love Gypsyx

sj72

Not long to wait @Teddy in Vienna, surgery will be just fine and in no time at all you will be recovering at home. Also brilliant that you feel in good hands and confident with the surgeon and team.
Thank you for the update.
Have a good weekend
Sharon :x:

jj

@Teddy in Vienna
That’s several positive statements, and it’s really great that treatment plan is in place. Am sure you will get rid of the cancer and find yourself dancing on the ceiling!
Have a much needed stress free weekend. Keep us informed.
Regards

pingu14

So pleased for you @Teddy in Vienna this is a really good outcome for you! Take good care of yourself leading up to the surgery! Keep us all updated :x::x::x:

strongsami

Hello @Teddy in Vienna

I'm a bit late to write but thought I'd drop in as I'm in a similar situation to you - I'm originally from London but been living in Milan for the past 9 years. I was diagnosed in November and those first few weeks were so hard. But I joined this wonderful site and Macmillan, I also have a good network of friends here (and a husband and a 2 year old!) but I really wanted to have a UK contact just to compare things to. In fact calling the Macmillan helpline was also a great help just to sound off and ask questions in English...

It sounds like you're a positive person and this is great, I somehow managed to find this awesome drive and positivity and it's helping loads. If you're straight to surgery that's really great news. My path is a bit longer, I've just done 4 cycles of chemo, now onto 5 weeks of radio-chemo to shrink my alien even more (who knows, he may even totally disappear!!!).

Anyway, you're doing all the right things, just thought I'd drop in and comment as I'm also a brit living abroad.

All the best to you!
Sami :x::x:

jj

Hey @Teddy in Vienna what’s the latest? Waiting for an update from you.
Regards

Teddy in Vienna

Hi @jj, thank you for checking in. I had the second CT scan of the thorax which was also clear. Also the date for my surgery has been brought forward to 13 May so really not too long to wait now at all! Meanwhile, I am enjoying a thoroughly relaxed (if somewhat soggy) weekend here in Vienna with good friends! Overall then I am doing ok.
@strongsami - great to hear from you and thank you for making contact! It is great to hear from someone also undergoing treatment abroad. It sounds like you are also receiving excellent treatment. What a beautiful city you are living in as well!
All best wishes to you both and wishing you a restful weekend!
Teddy :x::x::x: