I'm a 36yo who has had bowel cancer and had 2 colonoscopies without any sedation then 2 surgeries to completely remove my bowel and sew my butt shut. AMA
Happened last year, just as the pandemic was starting up, nothing like going and finding out you have cancer to take your mind off COVID.
Originally my GP thought it was an ulcer as it was just a lot of blood when I went to the toilet, I had to have a colonoscopy done to check it and because I have no family they don't let you drive yourself home if they use sedation so went without it. Was told I had cancer while on the recovery bed and then went full testing, Surgeon wanted specific marks tattooed in my bowel for the main surgery so another colonoscopy and got 5 X's tattooed inside me.
First surgery was to remove a tumour, which I had to do bowel prep for (which is horrible) but on recovery from that they told me they found a lot more cancer and I'd have to have my entire bowel removed. Another surgery were they took out 5 feet of bowel/intestines and now I have a Stoma for the rest of my life, I wear a bag always for it and have had to learn to adjust (as personally I find it disgusting) but it's better than cancer is all I keep telling myself.
I now have to have a full range of tests every 6 months for the rest of my life and have been told 'it will be back one day' just no way to know when, they said if I was 80+ this would be normal but for my age it's very rare. These days I feel like death is chasing me and am just trying to stay ahead of it.
Pic with bag on https://imgur.com/sww0esy
Pic with bag off (possible warning as a stoma is exposed intestine outside of the body permanently) https://imgur.com/Kz2UEZU
Thought I'd add this too as one of the complications I've gone through since surgery and another possible warning of 'gross' there is hundreds of different bags and such and what comes out of my intestines actually causes a chemical burn if it touches the skin, so I ended up with second degree chemical burns around the stoma as it was pointing down so they had to try a lot of different bags till found a good one for me (thankfully they did). https://imgur.com/jO5read
Edit: So a few have asked what my butt looks like now, honestly I'd been curious but never looked for myself either, but hey it's reddit. First it's damn hard to take a pic of your own butt! second, hairy butt warning but this is what it looks like now, kinda NSFW it is a butt just with no hole: https://imgur.com/XfxIa49
Edit: lol I spelt my own name wrong.
Edit 2: I'm awake and back to answering your questions, it may take awhile but I'm happy to get through them all and again thank you all for the support and kindness shown in this thread.