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Finally Did It

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My doctors have been wanting me to get a colonoscopy for 14 years now. I kept putting them off. A week ago Saturday, I lost a very dear friend to colon cancer. I vowed then and there that I was going to keep my appointment for yesterday for her. Sunday was not a good day - I got to eat jello and broth all day and drink lovely concoctions. The test itself wasn't as bad as I had anticipated it to be. I didn't have a lot of energy afterwards, but I think it was more because of the day before than it was of the test. I got up a little later than normal today, but then I was off and running. I am glad that my report was good and even more glad that I won't have to have another one for awhile.
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    Hi Patty,
    I'm glad you did it, always better to be careful and to know. I had 2 former bosses that I really liked both die of it. One was only 48 and he actually introduced me to the second boss and he too died of colon cancer at 62. Such a loss.

    I had one about 20 years ago while I was in hospital so I didn';t have any warning and didn't get to "anticipate' how horrid it would be... I've since done the "Winnie the Pooh" tests a couple times. Now, that I don't have a dr., I am going to have to education myself on what needs to be done, when, I guess. They do have a Women's Health Unit, that once I get my provincial health care card, I think I can get my own appts for pap and mammogram.

    Have you found any new things to keep you busy and make life fun and interesting? Will you ever be coming to Halifax to visit your dd? I started another sweater last nite.. A Sz 2 camoflauge for my great great nephew....

    It's actually sunny out and 10C today, so I should really get out for a walk wwhile the walking's good. I made it all day yesterday, in and out of the car, and on cement floors, so a walk would be easy after that.
    1818 days ago
    So sad that it took the loss of a good friend to motivate you but I am happy for you that you did get it done. Your friend would of been happy for you, Patty. Great news now you have less to worry about. As you know I know that feeling well! Have a great month of May now with the test complete and with good results! I am close to that age where I will need to look forward to those too!
    1819 days ago
    1819 days ago
    I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend... But Patty, I know she would be proud of you for summoning the courage to have this very important test done...and what a relief to hear you're okay! That prep - the not-so-satisfying pre-procedure diet and the "memorable" concoctions that go with it - was the most wearisome part of the whole procedure for me on the two occasions (ages 50 and 60) I had it done. It left me, too, utterly without energy. But on neither occasion was the procedure at all bad.

    I think you'll find yourself feeling much better in a day or so. I applaud you for this!! emoticon - Susan
    1819 days ago
  • AJB121299
    I am sure you are glad to get it over with.
    1819 days ago
    That wasn't so bad, now, was it? I'm glad you had this procedure done. I have a family history, so I get to do it twice as often as other people, but it's worth it if anything would be amiss and caught early. Way to do a good thing (albeit a but yucky to think about) for yourself. Keep Sparking!
    1819 days ago
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