Topic: Yet another newly diagnosed cc
My name is Rose and I am so grateful to have a discussion board like this to share support and encouragement and information with others going through this shocking and profound experience.
I was diagnosed with a tumor last Wednesday (Feb 18) during a gall bladder ultrasound. It's been a whirlwind ever since. Tumor is well advanced but apparently I still have a shot at a liver resection.
I am 45 and have been an icon of healthy living in my community--organic gardening, nourishing foods, back to the land lifestyle, much time in the great outdoors. I have broken some bones and had miscarriages, suffered migraines most of my life but never experienced a major illness. This has been a HUGE shock for me and all my loved ones. I feel blindsided, trapped and a whole host of other emotions.
Have a battery of tests behind me and had a stent placed in bile duct with acute pancreatitic reaction. Have all the classic symptoms from jaundice, nocturnal crazy-making itching, dropping weight fast, root beer colored urine, and a hard time figuring out what to eat and working up an appetite to eat it. Suffer insomnia at night so have taken to the internet to use the time constructively.
Having a lot of discomfort and pain at stent site, from pancreas and general abdominal tenderness making it really hard to get comfortable anywhere. And the suffering has just begun apparently.
Looking for mutual support here and am joining the ranks of all you newbies that have showed up this week.