SparkPeople Screening for Colon Cancer Study Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=51446 This Team is for those enrolled in the "Online programs to promote colon cancer screening" research study conducted by investigators at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. SparkPeople Screening for Colon Cancer Study Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=51446 Susiemt is all cleaned out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20324x51446x50784588 I finally had my first Colonoscopy this past Wednesday. It went really well. I spent most of Tuesday evening of course in the bathroom. I started drinking my prep at 5 pm and finished up by 9:30. By 10:30 I had my last BM of the evening. At one point I just took my computer in with me. It made it so much easier. I slept straight thru the night and got up at 5:30 to go to the hospital for check in. Once there I was escorted to a small area where I got changed into a hospital gown and pro... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:45:04 EST Public team for a test http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x47077706 We are making this team public on a temporary basis in order to allow us to run a software program that will "capture" the posts on the forums. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:32:16 EST Something new (and hopeful) on the horizon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x46812797 I just came across this little video via WebMD. Something we can hope for in the future. Just wanted to share with y'all. http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/vid<BR>eo/colon-cancer-prevention-vaccine?ecd<BR>=wnl_can_022812 (copy and paste into your browser to see the mini-video). <BR> Susan <BR> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:03:11 EST In Tougher Economy, Fewer Americans Get Colonoscop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x46754994 Here's an interesting article about less people getting colonoscopies due to the economy <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=662103 </link> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:39:04 EST Afraid? Watch this! Hilarious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x46534529 Check this out, it is hilarious! <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmKnf7QhuSo </link> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 13:42:05 EST Just in time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x46305348 My husband had his screening colonoscopy when he turned 50. They found polyps and he was supposed to have another in 5 years but chose not to. Fortunately when he started to see blood in his stool he didn't ignore it, but even the day he went for his colonoscopy he almost backed out. He did go through with it, and they found several polyps, one cancerous. He had part of his colon removed; the cancer was only in the polyp and the inner wall of the colon. The oncologist says he doesn't nee... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 14:59:27 EST Too few people getting screened for cancers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x46257361 Here's an interesting article which was under Health News here on SP regarding cancer screenings <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=661143 </link> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:38:15 EST Win a Trip to New York and a Free Colonoscopy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x46177119 CBS Cares has a Colonoscopy Sweepstakes...check it out... <BR> <link>promotions.mardenkane.com/cbs/cbscar<BR>es12/ </link> <BR> Imagine...a towncar taking you to your colonoscopy... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 15:24:10 EST update on face book feature http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x46065015 they got the message! <BR> <BR> A few days ago we launched a new feature where we added buttons to share member blogs to Facebook and Twitter, with the option to opt-out of having this on your blog posts. We received feedback from members that they were not comfortable with how we implemented this feature, so this morning we removed the feature and option from the site. <BR> <BR> We definitely appreciate all the feedback and support our members provide to SparkPeople. If you've been a membe... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:42:18 EST name change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x46046506 Hey everyone.... heads up I changed my user name on Spark from CHRISBONDI to GARDENCHRIS because of the FB thing. As that was my real name and just thought this would be better for me when all said and done. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:39:58 EST The holidays are over, time to do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x45906938 It's time to really get serious about scheduling your colonoscopy. The holidays are over and there's no more parties or commitments. Has anyone scheduled yet? Are you going to? Sun, 8 Jan 2012 18:06:31 EST What's your biggest New Year's Resolution? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x45671108 For all of you who haven't had a colonoscopy, please, please make it a goal to have one in 2012. As so many of us have told you, it's not difficult, embarrasing, or painful. Yeah, it takes a little time...yeah, it's a little inconvenient...but it is so worthwhile. Please do yourself and your family a great service and get it done! Make it a resolution! Make it a priority. <BR> <BR> I had mine in 2011 and DH and my brother in 2010...so we're all up to date. Get yourself and your dear on... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 18:00:47 EST HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x45634984 I hope your holidays are filled with love and joy and that this continues throughout the new year! <BR> <BR> <em>499</em> <em>446</em> <em>409</em> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 10:47:42 EST Are you going to schedule after the holidays? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x45601233 We have about a week and a half before the new year...is anyone ready to schedule their colonoscopy for after the holidays? Why not? Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:57:02 EST Are you still afraid? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x45528463 After all the great information we've put forth, is anyone still "afraid" of having a colonoscopy? Why? Thu, 15 Dec 2011 19:47:43 EST What did you eat the day of your prep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x45447528 When I had my first colonoscopy about 10 years ago (I've had three now) and my second, five years ago, I was told to eat a normal breakfast and the liquids for lunch and nothing after I started the prep. <BR> <BR> My last one (in March or April), it was only liquids on the prep day. That included jello (yellow or green) clear juices, clear soda pop, and broth. My favorite was chicken broth. After I drank a large cup of that, I felt like I really ate something. Fri, 9 Dec 2011 18:45:10 EST Anyone scheduled for next year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x45434791 Since this year is quickly coming to a close, has anyone scheduled their colonoscopy for early next year? If you haven't, please do. The life you save may be your own! Thu, 8 Dec 2011 20:57:11 EST Anyone decided they are NOT going to get screened? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x44973102 Has anyone decided they are absolutely NOT going to have a colonoscopy or do the stool (fecal occult blood test) cards? <BR> <BR> Why? Mon, 7 Nov 2011 22:40:34 EST Do you still have reservations? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x44655219 After reading our stories and all the messages here, does anyone still have fears or reservations about having a colonoscopy? What are they? Tue, 18 Oct 2011 22:01:20 EST How did you feel after your colonoscopy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x44593063 After my first colonoscopy, I said to myself, "Why in the world did you delay having this test?" <BR> It was a breeze and I was so relieved when it was over. Since I had no polyps the first two times, I was finished with the worry! The third time I had a couple of polyps and when I got the results that they were benign, I was ready to party! My Dad died from colon cancer so I really have to be vigilant! Fri, 14 Oct 2011 21:54:49 EST Make it a goal - BE SCREENED BEFORE YEAR END! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x44436906 Who out there among us is determined to have a colonoscopy in 2011. At this moment (10-5-11) there are 87 days left in this year. That means about 12 1/2 weeks in which you can take care of this important health care screening. <BR> <BR> Who has or will make this a goal to be accomplished in 2011 while there is still time? <em>56</em> Wed, 5 Oct 2011 08:55:12 EST Colonoscopy Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x44268652 Dress in sweats, exercise clothes or something easy to get into...no belts or buttons. I wore a muumuu and left my bra at home. I figured I'd be riding out in a wheelchair so who'd see me? I also wore flipflops...no socks so it was underpants, muumuu and flipflops...got dressed in a minute and DH hardly had to help me at all. Sun, 25 Sep 2011 18:28:55 EST Has this forum encouraged you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43938984 Have you gotten a colonoscopy because of what you've read hear on these posts? Or do you have one scheduled because of this forum? Tue, 6 Sep 2011 16:37:41 EST Scared of the IV? Don't be! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43837606 I saw a message somewhere that some might be uneasy about the IV that's usually started for a colonoscopy. Don't worry about it! It's usually either an anesthetist or a nurse that places IV's all day long that does it. Like anything else, practice makes perfect, so you'll have one of the very best. Some people are still hard sticks, and if you feel like you're one of those warn them in the first place so they'll get whoever is best to do it in the first place. The IV is your friend!! Wed, 31 Aug 2011 19:14:38 EST Factors that increase risk of colon cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43724049 Aside from genetics, what are the other factors that place someone at a higher risk of developing colon cancer? Thu, 25 Aug 2011 08:51:06 EST Great help when paying for your colonoscopy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43699059 There is a company called Care Credit that issues credit cards to use at doctors, clinics, dentists, etc. If your medical provider works with them, there is NO interest when you use their card. The provider actually pays the interest. I've used it at two different dentists' offices. One had terms of 18 months and the other 6 months. The provider decides what terms they will allow. If you pay off the bill in the term allowed, there is no interest at all. <BR> <BR> They have the provider... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 21:53:46 EST Have you known anyone...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43680750 Have you known anyone, or have a friend who knew someone, who has ever fought colon cancer? Mon, 22 Aug 2011 22:04:37 EST Sorry. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x51446x43622885 Net access has been severly limited up til today. <BR> <BR> I am a second layer story in forum 3 and have not participated in welcoming newbies. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to correct that now. <BR> <BR> I've had two and will get another screening when it's due. <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 12:18:07 EST Insurance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43581219 What does your insurance cover in terms of the various types of colon cancer screenings? If you don't have insurance, what is your estimated out-of-pocket expense if you were to go ahead and get screened? Wed, 17 Aug 2011 01:08:08 EST My biggest Barrier http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43537407 I have tried to have a colonoscopy but had a reaction to the prep. I am allergic to many items and very intolerant of medications. I was unable to keep down 2 glasses of prep. I am not worried about the procedure or the process of the prep. My worry is my body's reaction to the liquid or pill prep rx. Sun, 14 Aug 2011 17:53:01 EST Have you had or heard of a "Virtual Colonoscopy"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43527516 When I was reading some of the informative links to outside websites on other SCCS threads, I saw "Virtual Colonoscopy" listed between Sigmoidoscopy and Colonoscopy. <BR> <BR> It's done with some kind of imaging, like X-Rays and/or Ultrasound (or whatever), and creates a 3D picture of the colon. NO preparation or anesthesia is necessary, and it's half the cost of a Colonoscopy. I hesitate to consider having a "Virtual" - not unless I can learn whether or not it IS a good way to screen, t... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 01:22:21 EST New Team Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x51446x43507264 Greetings! New member - finally got time to intro myself. Am in my late 50's. Have not had a screening in a long time and the last time was for a hysterectomy. Not scared of having it done at all - had both an upper and lower GI for gall bladder issues with no problems. <BR> <BR> We recently moved to the panhandle from the northwest, and finally my spouse has a job!!! Which means insurance and the ability to take better care of health. So when insurance kicks in, I can finally get that... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 17:17:33 EST Miscellaneous Comments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43485169 I am changing this topic to anything you want to comment on that does not fit anywhere else. <BR> <em>292</em> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:22:25 EST x http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43480644 x Thu, 11 Aug 2011 06:36:45 EST Financial help for colonoscopies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43479136 Since so many of you have posted that you don't have insurance and the cost of a colonoscopy is the reason you're not having one, I googled "Financial Help for Colonoscopies" and came up with this link. Please check it out...it may help <BR> <link>coloncancer.about.com/od/screening/a<BR>/Uninsured.htm </link> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 00:21:03 EST Screening AFTER joining this team - post here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43478532 Please let us know if you have had (or scheduled) your colonoscopy after joining this team. We would love to hear about your experience after reading our stories. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 23:35:10 EST Please disregard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43472426 Please disregard. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:41:04 EST Barriers to screening - post answers here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43472415 This is the place to post answers to the questions: <BR> <BR> ** 1. What is the biggest barrier (or obstacle) to you personally getting screened for colon cancer? <BR> <BR> ** 2. What can you do to overcome this barrier and actually get screened? <BR> <BR> Remember that if you post answers to **BOTH** questions before 3pm Central Standard Time Thursday August 11th, you will be enrolled in random drawing for a $5 Amazon gift card. There will **10** winners so you have a good chance! Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:40:27 EST Imagine That! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43458769 My brother-in-law got a call from his INSURANCE COMPANY, reminding him that it was time for his colonoscopy. Boy was he surprised (so was I!) <em>224</em> Tue, 9 Aug 2011 21:41:48 EST Colonoscopy for Dummies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43400910 A few weeks ago, SparkPeople had an ad for Colonoscopy for Dummies. Although I've had three and been with my DH and brother for many more, I was curious about what they had to say so I clicked on the ad. <BR> <BR> It is a publication that you can download for free. It tells you everything you can possibly think of about colonoscopies. Maybe too much information is presented! But, if you're interested, click on the link below and download it (be sure to have your popup blocker off). If y... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 14:36:55 EST Hi, I am part of the screening study http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x51446x43388661 Hi, <BR> I am part of the colon cancer study screening. I volunteered for this because my father and grandmother both had colon cancer when they were older. I don't mind doing the stool sample cards, but the whoe prep thing for the colonoscopy is really intimidating and difficult. Is the stool sample card enough? Thanks for inviting me to this team. Fri, 5 Aug 2011 17:57:33 EST Stool cards for screening http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43375260 Hey team, <BR> Just wondering if any of you all have had experience with the stool cards for colon cancer screening. Another name is fecal occult blood tests. <BR> --Kevin Thu, 4 Aug 2011 22:31:45 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x51446x43369878 I just joined this team. I've never had the colonosopy although DH has had it twice. I know I need to have it done I just haven't yet Thu, 4 Aug 2011 16:11:25 EST My Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x51446x43358024 Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you and learning more about my health through this study. I'm 52 and the only colon cancer screening that I have done is the home test to check for blood. Every year at my physical my Dr "strongly suggests" that I get a baseline colonoscopy. So far I just haven't been able to make myself do it. My next physical will be in December and I'd like to convince myself to get the test before that visit. <BR> <BR> I'm a CA nati... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 22:41:02 EST Scared of the drink stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43355795 I really need to go for my 1st colonoscopy but am dreading drinking the stuff. I tend to gag on things like that and I have worked myself up enough that it will be probably alot worse than it needed to be! I won't be able to do this for awhile anyway b/c I am having major back surgery in September but it is definitely on my list to do this year. <BR> <BR> Someone told me that they now have pills to take instead of the drink. Anyone know about this? Any hints to help me get through the dr... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 20:38:24 EST Colon cancer and screening information http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43347418 ** What is Colon Cancer? <BR> <BR> The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the last part of the colon. Colon cancer is cancer that occurs in the tissues of the colon. Sometimes it is called colorectal cancer. <BR> <BR> ** It’s the Second Leading Cancer Killer <BR> <BR> Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. If everyone aged 50 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 11:28:27 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x51446x43335385 My name is Robin and I'm happy to be participating in this research. I hope to learn a lot and make new friends. Tue, 2 Aug 2011 19:12:42 EST introducing myself to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x51446x43334712 Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to take a few moments to introduce myself as a new member of the team forum and wish everyone a very blessed day. Tue, 2 Aug 2011 18:24:52 EST Moviprep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20324x51446x43334452 I will be having my first colonoscopy in Sept and my GI doctor uses Moviprep. Does anyone have any experiences they can share or advice? It would be gratefully accepted. <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> Kath Tue, 2 Aug 2011 18:08:30 EST Wow! Exciting results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43330500 We have received over 24 new members in fewer than 15 hours! Yay! Tue, 2 Aug 2011 14:08:41 EST New To This Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x51446x43329771 Hi Everybody, My name is Kathy and I live in Columbus, Ohio. I have been with Spark People for two years this month. I have lost 180 pounds so far. I have several physical disabilities, but manage to exercise for two hours a day. I have had trouble getting enough fiber into my diet and thought this might be a good team to help. Because of the lack of fiber, I have had constipation problems and this does concern me regarding the possibilities of colon cancer. Nobody in my family has ever... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 13:26:09 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x51446x43326892 Hi, I just joined this group in the most part to try to rid myself of the fear I have for the procedure. I am 60 and never had one and am scared to death of going thru the process. When you are thin you don't think about your body that much but when you are big everything about it makes you want to hide. And hide I did for the 10 years that my MD wanted me to get this done. That said there is also the thing that I am a diabetic and fasting for a day and having to drink the yucky stuff t... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 10:49:12 EST Hello to all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x51446x43326163 I am new to this forum. Looking forward to learning more about colon cancer and hope to God I never have to experience it. I does run in my family so odds are I will be dealing with this eventually. Tue, 2 Aug 2011 10:17:01 EST New to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43323943 Just joined this team to find out more about colon cancer screening. Has anyone had just the colon CT for screening? Is that as good as a colonoscopy. Tue, 2 Aug 2011 08:43:00 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x51446x43319730 I just joined tonight after reading through the latest survey / info from this study. It's all pretty interesting..at least as interesting as colon cancer studies can be. :-) <BR> <BR> Maybe I should add that I've never had a colonoscopy, although I am supposed to be scheduling one. Did the easy screening ( home test papers) years ago and all was good then; but I know I need to get to scheduling the real deal soon. Hoping that this team motivates me to do it. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 23:42:14 EST Welcome, new members! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43319547 There have been two new members join our team in the past five minutes!! Let's get this party started! So glad you have joined us. Introduce yourselves. <BR> <BR> Margie <em>211</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 23:31:48 EST a great funny colon screening story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43265712 A very funny story! perfect for this team! <BR> <BR> <BR> ABOUT THE WRITER: Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist for the Miami Hera <BR> Colonoscopy Journal: <BR> <BR> I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. <BR> <BR> A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis. <BR> ... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 22:37:53 EST what have you changed since getting screened http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43190446 Just curious ... what are you doing different because of your screening, or because of joining Spark, or both. I always ask strange questions! That's how I learn new things! <BR> <BR> <BR> I had always eaten lots of fruit, I now eat even more vegetables. I am not a vegetarian, but eat less meat,as it is to expensive! I eat more almonds. I also take 2 tblsp of ground flax seed everyday ,have been for about 5 years. It has lots of good omega in it. I also drink more plain water. I think m... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 20:10:49 EST Gayle's story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20326x51446x43180403 My prep was pretty normal - drinking the nasty tasting stuff and then staying very close to the bathroom for several hours. The screening was delayed because the person before me had some issues that the doctor had to talk with the family about. It was a fairly long wait and I was getting hungry and thirsty, but understood the need for the family to understand the problems. I finally went in and immediately succumbed to the anesthesia. Apparently I woke up a little early and they put me back ... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:27:34 EST My procedures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20326x51446x43136727 <BR> I have had two colonoscopies. My first exam was nine years ago, the last four years ago. Both experiences were good. My wife who is 63 had the procedure done near the same time as I did this last time. She won't take the phospho soda again; they will have to use something else for her. All sedation was well tolerated by both of us; we both chose to be "out." <BR> <BR> I’ve also had the sigmoidoscopy, as I have a stricture at the bottom of my esophagus. No problems there either. <BR> ... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:56:10 EST our stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51446x43119971 I have read everyone's story... they are all so very different , with different outcomes. I hope we are able to help other get their screening done. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:53:43 EST Sherrey's Message http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20326x51446x43113005 I'm a wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma. My dad's medical history was riddled with bleeding ulcers, a ruptured colon with perotinitis, a temporary colostomy and many surgeries and long recoveries. Fortunately, no cancer diagnosis. However, that history was one I made sure early on was shared in my own medical history. There wasn't anything in my dad's history I wanted any part of. <BR> <BR> When I was about 39 or 40, I had a parasitic infection following treatment of our son's bunny f... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 11:22:51 EST Darla's story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20326x51446x43112298 I am a four-year, stage III, colon cancer survivor. I was diagnosed at the age of 46. I would like to get involved in helping others to get screened and to let them know it is not as bad as you think. <BR> <BR> In 2005 I decided to have weight loss surgery. I signed up with the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wellness Program, picked my surgeon, and started going to pre-op classes where you learn what to expect before and after the surgery and what to eat. I saw my surgeon in December 2005 an... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:47:42 EST Margie's story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20324x51446x43096693 I’ve had two colonoscopies: one when I was 51 and one in Spring of 2010 at the age of 60. <BR> <BR> The first experience was not a pleasant one, so I was worried about my upcoming procedure. My prep for the screening ten years ago was full of cramping and pain as well as severe nausea. It didn’t even produce the complete results the team was looking for. The doctor decided to go ahead with my procedure, even though I reported my bowel discharge was not quite completely clear yet. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:43:18 EST Chris's message http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20326x51446x43082643 Hello, this this is rather strange to talk about my Colonoscopy ... <BR> <BR> I always do my routine yearly medical testing. Every year I would get the card for fecal testing, I just never did it. I did not see the need. We do not have any type of cancers in our family that would cause me to be concerned. <BR> <BR> My Grandmother on dad's side had breast cancer back in the 60's. She had the breast removed and lived to be in the late 70's. My brother had testicular cancer, but his lifestyle ... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 19:44:22 EST Brenna's story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20324x51446x43080145 I had the screening colonoscopy seven years ago. The sedation was entirely adequate and appropriate, such that I was not at all aware of the procedure, and recovery was easy. The worst part was the prep -- at the time my doctor still used the gallon of Golytely. It had to be cold to make it palatable, but by the time I was half finished with it I was absolutely freezing because I had to drink that large volume of cold fluids in such a short time. I think they are using a different prep now wh... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:19:16 EST Tricia's Message http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20324x51446x43074311 <BR> For more years than I can remember, my doctors have always had me do a fecal occult blood test at the time of my annual physical. These were kind of "yucky" to do, but fairly easy. <BR> <BR> Three years ago, my doctor suggested that we do a sigmoidoscopy. She explained the procedure to me in quite a bit of detail; we scheduled it for about two weeks later and she gave me written instructions for prep. I was instructed not to eat beef or other red meat for three days (I think) before t... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:36:19 EST Nora's Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20325x51446x43074227 I had my screening at age 50. The prep was uncomfortable, but not as uncomfortable as dying of colon cancer I would wager. The procedure itself was a breeze; painless, and I felt no discomfort (other than hunger) afterwards. I got my screening because my doctor said that it was time to do it. <BR> <BR> After my screening, my niece in her 40s died of colon cancer. It only made me glad that I had gone and had my screening done. <BR> <BR> I feel that, whatever people's concerns are about the... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:32:31 EST Holly's Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20325x51446x43074090 Ok so the prep is the worst part. Yeah, instead of calling it movi prep they should think up another name. But once that was down I had no big problems like I have heard others say. I wouldn’t take a ride to town or anything but it wasn’t bad. <BR> <BR> This morning I had to be at the hospital at 7:30. They had me change into a gown, started an IV, did blood pressure and asked the normal questions. The anesthesia guy came to talk to me because they knew I was VERY nervous as I have a cardia... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:25:13 EST Debra's story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20325x51446x43073716 I had my colonoscopy at 50. As far as prep for the procedure went, I don't remember the exact amount I had to drink, but I remember there were a couple of options that doctors usually recommended. I did what my doctor recommended. I had to drink the really sweet stuff in two doses - I think at noon and 6 pm. the day before the procedure. It wasn't too bad - had to drink it in like 15 minutes. Then I had to stay near the bathroom after 6pm because of having to go so often and it being like dia... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:04:19 EST Linda's Story - from both sides http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20324x51446x43072905 I worked quite a bit the last two years of my career sedating patients for colonoscopy with Propofol. Good stuff. <BR> <BR> I had a flexible sigmoidoscopy in my early 50's as that is what insurance would cover at the time. No sedation, no polyps, same prep. Not fun. <BR> <BR> At age 56, in 2004, I had a colonoscopy with Demerol and Midazolam sedation. Went fine. Same prep, no polyps. The doctor gave me a ten-year pass. <BR> <BR> Eighteen months later my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer,... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:26:06 EST Jen's Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20324x51446x43072262 I had the screening when I turned 50 at my doctor’s recommendation. I disliked the prep, but the procedure was fine. I actually woke up prior to the end of the procedure. The anesthesiologist didn't intend for me to be awake at that point, but since nothing was bothering me, he kept me awake and talked to me as the procedure was completed. I got to see the pictures of my colon that the doctor was looking at - pretty cool! <BR> <BR> As far as family history, my father was later diagnosed w... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 09:56:01 EST Louise's Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20324x51446x43063071 I've had two colonoscopies. My dad died from colon cancer, so once I got my nerve up and had the first one, I'm now on a five-year schedule. I had a hard time going for that first one even though I was 56 and supposed to go many years before. I was embarrassed...probably more so because I'm overweight. I finally had my test done then because I moved from PA to AL and my health insurance was going to change. My new insurance wasn't going to pay for it so I decided I better do it while I could ... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:06:05 EST It's all about prevention http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20324x51446x43059460 I had my first colonoscopy when I was 52 (had to ask my doctor to schedule it for me -- he didn't suggest it.) I was thankful that there were no polyps or diverticuli, but I did have hemorrhoids which was attributed to having given birth when I was 30. Since no problems were discovered, I was told I wouldn't need another colonoscopy for ten years. Well, that ten years was up in the fall of 2010, so I had a second one in August. This time, one benign hyperplastic polyp was found and removed, a... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:22:55 EST