I'm a 20 year old woman, recently diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). It runs in my mothers side of the family. I had a feeling I was positive for it for a while, but got my results back in March that, I do infact have the gene as well. It's been an difficult adjustment period and it's really hard for me to not just think of myself as a person with a disease, or tat i "basically have cancer". I'm a soon-to-be college graduate, so that's stressful already so when you throw FAP on top of all the other daily stresses I have, it's just really hard not to be completely overwhelmed.
I got my first scope at the beginning of the month;Colonoscopy and a EGD. I had an anxiety attack up until they knocked me out, I woke up during the EGD, and they had to drug me twice so i ended up super sick afterwards. They found plenty of polyps, and removed some for biopsies. I'm still waiting for my follow up appointment, but they said in my results that they're planning the surgery right now....and I'm so scared for that. I have no idea what to do, or expect. Even though most of my family has been through this, it all seems so new and terrifying now that it's me having to do this. This could change everything