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Monday, February 7, 2011

Things we don't talk about...

I’m on a liquid diet until Wednesday when I’m having a gastric procedure done, and may I just say... I’m HUNGRY!!   I did two days very low fiber and now I have two days of liquid.  I’m here to tell you all that there are only so many soft frozen lemonades that one can eat before they go crazy.  A big thank you to Minute Maid for at least having 4 different flavor choices.  I think I’ve gone through an entire box in the last two days, and I have another box in the freezer.   Cup of Soup is also my friend, though I have to pick out the noodles today.

I tried to go on Twitter to distract myself, but people keep talking about Chocolate, BBQ and Cheese Burgers.  It makes me want to cry.   Let’s not even talk about the Pot Roast that’s in the crock pot my family gets to eat for dinner!  Sheesh!  Do I need to be sequestered and unwired to survive.

What’s a girl to do?  So much yummy food and so little I can eat.  I hate the thought of going to get this colonoscopy.  But, here’s the thing… “Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related death in America today. This year alone, more than 131,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer.”  25,000 American women just like you and me, will die from it this year.  A woman’s risk of developing colon cancer doubles ever five years.  When symptoms arise, you know, back there, you can’t take it lightly or blow it off.  Especially because colon cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer that there is.  Early detection is always the key.

It’s easy to ignore your rectal health because it’s embarrassing, or you think that you can handle it on your own.  A little bleeding now and then is no big deal, right?  WRONG.  It can be, so don’t assume that it’s just a little hemorrhoid.  Many people don’t even want to discuss it with their doctor, and that my friends, is how this disease gets out of hand.   If you have signs or warnings such as the following for more than two weeks, you need to see your doctor.
  • A change in bowel habits: diarrhea, constipation, or stool consistency changes
  • Narrow, “pencil-thin” stools
  • Rectal bleeding: blood in your stool on more than one occasion
  • Persistent, abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, bloating, or pain
  • A feeling that your bowel doesn’t completely empty
  • Sudden, unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
  • Constant fatigue
This is the last thing that I really wanted to be talking about on my blog.   I’m sure I’ve offered TMI, and you have much better thing to read about.  Then I realized, that is what’s wrong.  No one talks about it, it’s a taboo, and that’s why people ignore signs and symptoms that could be telling them that there is a problem.   I care about you all too much to sweep things under the carpet and pretend that they don’t exist.   It’s okay to think about your whole health, and talk to your doctor if you think there may be a problem.  I did, and Wednesday we'll find out if it really is "nothing."

Medical information used in this article as well as much more about Colon Cancer can be found on the following websites:

Update: 2/9/11
Just wanted to let you all know that I am cancer free!
Also, the procedure went very easily. They gave me drugs to make me feel very relaxed and it didn't hurt one bit during or afterwards. Everyone was wonderful and it wasn't bad at all. I think that the worst part of the whole thing was the prep the days before. Colonoscopy may sound scary, but in actuality it was a piece of cake. If you're due for one or experience symptoms like above, don't hesitate to call your doctor right away.

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