I received an email from a married couple that both came down with colon cancer at nearly the same time. The husband has an extensive history of surgeries for other reasons, and the wife has a resistant case of c. difficile. I would love to hear from any other couples out there who have both been diagnosed with colon cancer near each other. As far as I know, no one is researching this particular aspect of colon cancer.
Three Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me After Surgery
- One: Your first bowel movements will be blood. That’s expected, don’t freak out.
- Two: Gas will hurt for a long time after your surgery. You will expect to hurt every time you laugh or sneeze or poop.
- Three: Your nerves that were cut will gradually heal back. When they do, you will hurt like something bad is happening in various parts of your body you previously didn’t know could hurt.
This painful reunion of your nerves will go on for months after your surgery.
Do call your surgeons about any pain, and realize there’s not much they can do.