Hi RJG, My first symptom was what I thought was a stomach virus. I had abdominal pain, vomiting and diahhorrea. Got over it and thought nothing of it It came back 8 days later, went to the Dr did the blood tests etc. Possible diagnoses were Pancreatitis, Liver disease or Diverticulitis. These attacks were becoming more regular. Went for scans. CT showed Omental deposits, never heard of the Omentum. After the Dr gave me THE LOOK he started referring me to specialists. An MRI showed a stricture of the small bowel (cause of the pain). A diagnostic laparoscopy led to a resection of the small bowel and the biopsy revealed a metastatic adenocarcinoma. Since the resection, I have been fortunate enough to be pain and symptom free. Its the chemo thats making me sick. Drs haven't actually shown me the scans, so I haven't seen anything. My logical mind tells me this is real, but denial is a powerful thing. I know I need to trust the Drs, but it dosen't come naturally. Before this, I went twice a year for new prescriptions
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I was diagnosed with small bowel cancer 7 weeks ago. It has metastasised, so I now have it my peritoneum as well. I've had the first of 6 rounds of chemo to be followed by a Peritonectomy and then another 6 rounds of chemo. The thing is, I don't feel sick. It's hard to accept you're sick when there aren't any symptoms. I keep telling myself they are wrong and I'm going through this for nothing. Is this normal?
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.