I need to share my story as I have no-one to talk to about this. I have 3 children and a partner with chronic illness that I care for.
I went to my doc a few weeks ago because I had missed 3 periods. I thought it was because of my age (46) so didn't think much about it. I had a full blood test and was called back in a few days later for another. It showed my iron levels were low (don't know the figures) and i am not bleeding from anywhere, so was put on iron tablets immediately (which I had to stop taking again last week)-. Because I had a few other symptoms and have a family history of cancer I was put on urgent referral to the hospital. I am due to have endoscopy and colonoscopy on Wednesday and I am panicking like mad.
My other symptoms besides missing periods (which returned a week into the iron tablets) tiredness, weight loss (9lbs), change in toilet habit, bad headaches, ringing in my ears, problems remembering or finding the right word, trying to catch my breath and what I can only describe as internal shakes.
Every single member of my family has either got, had or died of cancer so I'm worried that all my symptoms point to one scary conclusion....
Any advice would be appreciated and help with how to cope on Wednesday for the procedures would be a great help.
Thanks for reading.