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A Serious Note

My maternal grandmother passed away from colon cancer when I was a teenager, after having her colon removed and suffering terribly for quite some time. Four years ago my father passed away after a horrible battle with colon cancer and bladder cancer – unrelated, but at the same time. So, everytime I have a stomach ache I assume I probably have colon cancer. Of course I’ve procrastinated in getting a colon screening, I suppose afraid of what it might reveal. Well, my doctor finally pretty much told me I had to (and yes, even though she’s about 4’8″ tall, I’m scared of her) so I did it. I did have one polyp that had to be analyzed, which I guess isn’t that uncommon, and today I received the results that all is normal and well. Very much a relief.

Like a lot of people I suppose, I was worried about doing it, not just because of the possible bad result but just the whole thing. I’m 52 years old and I’ve never been put to sleep, so I was a bit freaked out about that. I’ve never been sick, have only been in the hospital to have my children, and then had no meds. So, imagine my surprise when there was nothing to it! It was so easy, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Beginning at age 50, both men and women at average risk for developing colon cancer should have a screening. The tests are designed to find both early cancer and polyps, and is absolutely the best way to prevent this awful disease. Please, please, please, if you are at risk please have this simple test done. I would do it again tomorrow, and if i can do it, anyone can.

OK, I’ll admit, I did EVIDENTLY say some crazy things for about 2 hours after I left the clinic. Like on the way home, asking Mike when we were going to the bank…and we had just gone 10 minutes earlier. And asking where the fast food came from that we had picked up 30 minutes earlier – I didn’t know where we stopped, I couldn’t remember. Well, either I really did those things, or Mike is just mean and telling me stories :-). Either way, it was well worth being a little crazier than usual for an hour or two.

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