A close friend was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer about a week ago. As I gather is often the case, the diagnosis was a complete surprise, as gallbladder cancer is quite rare and other causes of abdominal discomfort so much more common (including gall stones and inflammation).
Additionally, my friend exercises regularly, is in her early 40s, and is quite careful about what she eats. She had no fever, appetite, energy, nausea, or jaundice problems, just abdominal pain that was intermittent and not very severe.
Her gallbladder was removed successfully, but nearby lymph nodes are inflamed, and she is set to begin chemotherapy shortly.
Needless to say, my friend and all close to her are just trying to absorb the shock at this point, while learning as much as possible about this particular type of cancer, chemotherapy, and dealing with cancer in general.
I look forward to participating in the forum, and hope that we can all learn from and support each other as we contend with our challenges.
Best wishes to all,