I was watching Katie Couric today, and she was talking about getting screened for colon cancer. It also made me think about breast cancer screening.
I have several friends who have give me crazy excuses for not getting screened for cancer. I have heard rationales like, “the test is worse for you than getting cancer,” and ” I don’t like the prep.” Okay the preparation is not the most comfortable thing in the world, but it’s not like the worst thing either.
Both my father-in-law and uncle survived colon cancer, but they would’ve never known they had it if they hadn’t had those tests. They were both in their 70’s when they found it.
My first experience with losing a friend to colon cancer was a lady I never actually met in person. Her name was Jude and I met her through the website, E diets. There was a chat on the site, and some of us formed our own support group online. Some of us still are in contact online.
Jude was such an inspirational person. She was the best contributor to the group. Colon cancer had run in her family, and she was younger than 50 when she got it. She fought a brave fight against it. She was angry about it, and could not believe that she was going to die. She kept posting on the site all through it. One day her posts just stopped. It really left a hole in my heart. I really relied on Jude and still miss her posts.
I had a first cousin, Morton, that I’d lost contact with over the years, and had just reestablished contact with him. He was the last person you’d expect to die from any kind of cancer. He was a tall, strapping guy who rode his bike hours a day. He got screened, but it was too late. He also died from cancer. He was in his 60’s. I am sorry he died just when I was getting to know him again.
So, do yourself a favor, if you’re over 50, get screened for colon cancer. It’s a lot easier than a root canal or having a baby! And it sure beats leaving the world before you have to!