quote:Should I be embarrassed to be seeing a surgeon when I'm apparently not suffering as much as other patients or that my colon isn't in as horrible condition as others?
Absolutely not. Most people that have not experienced rapid deterioration do not know how quickly you can go from being as you described to being deathly ill. It can happen in two months. You want to have surgery when you are still healthy, not when you are on death's door. Your chances for a good surgical result are much better if you are healthy. Too many people wait until they have severely deteriorated before having surgery and as a result, experience a much rougher recovery than they otherwise would have experienced.
In my case I went from being in decent shape to a severe deterioration in a matter of months and when my colon finally came out, my surgeon told me it was practically dissolving in his hands and could not have waited any longer. I would have had a perforation before I ever got cancer, even though I had dysplasia on my last colectomy and this led to my ultimate decision.