Had a screening colonoscopy on November 17th.
Good news: No polyps
Bad news: Rectal mass. (I had absolutely no symptoms.)
Followed up with body CAT scan and pelvic MRI, both completely clean except for the MRI, which of course picked up the rectal mass. Radiologist read the mass as Stage T2, 2.8 (1.10236 inches).
So I had a Laparoscopic LAR (Lower Anterior Resection with Creation of Loop Ileostomy on December 8th. (By the way, I am an OR R.N., and I had everything done at my hospital...it was incredibly helpful and reassuring to know not only the surgeon--with whom I have worked, of course--but the anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, scrub tech and circulator.)
Final Pathology: Stage 1, 2.5 cm (1") rectal carcinoma. Proximal and Distal Donut RIngs clean, no cancer. Margins clean. Lymph Nodes (15!) clean. I am incredibly blessed and grateful to the Man Upstairs)
No chemo or radiation necessary.
Recovered physically rather quickly per my surgical team, and was told I could go home on the 11th, but I chose to stay one more night, as I still needed the emotional support of knowing the nurses were there....The loop ileostomy, of course, took some "getting used to" of course...andOf course I went through an emotional roller-coaster following surgery....
Bringing it up to the present:
Scheduled for a Gastrografin Contrast Enema on February 6, and then a colonoscopy with my surgeon on February 9 to evaluate healing of anastomoses...if all is well, then I'm supposing, after a talk with my surgeon, the reversal of my ileostomy will be scheduled.
How many here have gone through this process?