John / Billybob
Amen! Welcome back to Life!
I had my first colonoscopy 7 mos. ago and the results were good (eg. no cancer) and just a couple of polyps he removed. The absolute worst part was the day before, drinking that gak and then crapping like a goose.
Glad to hear you are on the mend, my FRiend.
I am scheduling an exam shortly. ‘Pod
This is a very important post. My father-in-law enjoyed clean living. He often rode his bike to work (in Canada, no less), was 6’3” and 170 lb., ate VERY healthy, and was rarely sick and always toughed it out. BUT, both his parents died of colon cancer. He was only in his early fifties when he contracted colon cancer. By the time it was discovered, it was too late. He took it well, had provided for his family financially through insurance, and died a holy death. He is also very much missed by his wife, children, six brothers, grandchildren and many friends.
Listen to Congressman BillyBob. If you have any of those markers, or are hitting your strride in middle age, get tested. It’s not as bad as the Dave Barry column makes it sound.
Great news - congratulations....
(My one-year follow up PET scan - one year after the end of my Chemo-Radiation treatment - is scheduled for this coming Thursday, and I, and my Oncologist, are fully expecting the result to be “One year cancer-free”.... )
God Bless and hope you doing well all things considered! My mother has had pre-cancereous colon polyps removed, twice. So, according to my dr. I will need to start having the colonoscopy around the age or even before the age, when my mother had hers discovered. Not looking forward to it but it is good to be aware.
Ok Billybob. It worked. You can count at least one person who will VERY RELUCTANLY sign up for a colonoscopy. I have put if off for decades! Guess I’ll call an make an appointment for next week. This week is already full!
Prayers up for your continued recovery.
As one whose father had colon cancer surgery and survived for 33 years afterward, and as a guy who had 2 polyps removed a week ago during my 2nd colonoscopy, I salute you and wish you well!
Thanks for helping spread the word. As you said, a couple of days of minor discomfort beats the heck out months of suffering as you die from cancer that was detected too late.
Wonderful news for you. I can’t imagine the relief you must feel. I hope everybody on FR over the age of 50 heeds your advice and talks to their physician about a screening colonoscopy. As they say, the prep is the worst of it — the procedure is not uncomfortable. Yes, it is embarrassing but I work in a hospital and trust me, these doctors have seen lots of rectums and yours isn’t anything special to them so get over it. I see the surgeon who did mine on an almost daily basis in the hospital hallways. He pretends mine never happened which is exactly what I told him to do!
Use you Incentive Spirometer...Cough and deep breath when you think about it. And get up and walk as much as you can.
My best to you....FRegards,
Congrats on the good news. I had my own miserable
battle with cancer in 1985 from August to December.
Surgery and 3000 rads of radiation did the job. A
couple CAT scans and lymphangiogram were done
for good measure. Hang in!
My oldest brother has stage 4 prostate cancer and another brother caught his prostate cancer early because of the diagnosis of the oldest brother.
The scary thing is the younger brother was told by his doctor not to worry about his rising PSA "because it was still in the normal range". All I can say is what an idiot! Half of his prostate was eaten up with cancer, but amazingly enough had not spread.
This has become my entire family's mission now. To top all of this off, absolutely NO FAMILY HISTORY of prostate cancer or any other type of cancer. It has scared my entire family.
So two of my four brothers have prostate cancer. Scary.
My husband just had a colonoscopy and all is well. The worst part for him, in his opinion, was the liquid diet the day before. He handled the icky cleaning out better than that. :-)
A fellow survivor offers congratulations.
God bless you and thank you for your wonderful post.
You need to stay healthy, patriot, your countrymen need you.
Thank you for this and congratulations.
My family has some heavy duty history with this type of cancer, including me. You might want to ask your doctors about bone scans. My father had also been “cancer free” but after a year or so the cancer reappered in his bones.
In the end it was a blood clot that killed him.
For a humorous look at the experience, do read MY COLONOSCOPY BY DAVE BARRY.