Hello everyone. I have been having bowel symptoms (constipation and bleeding) and my colonoscopy was delayed several months due to Covid. Finally had it last Thursday September 24. When I woke the surgeon told me I had rectal cancer and that she had sent a biopsy for staging and typing, She also sent me immediately for a CT scan in the same hospital to look for spread, Initially I took the news fairly well thinking I would hit the ground running on this journey. The surgeon's office called yesterday to schedule my follow-up and it isn't until October 23 - a whole month away! They did say they might try to move the appointment up if they received the pathology report sooner. I've disappeared down the rabbit hole of fear and helplessness. I have fatigue and an occasional cough so my mind already has gone to places I don't want to be. Is this kind of wait for pathology normal? if not, what can I do? Thank you all for welcoming me into this caring community!
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