It’s time to pose a few questions to you… (enough about my journey for a bit)
This is very important:
1.Â Have you booked your appointment for your yearly check up yet?
2.Â Are you paying attention to any strange new things going on with your body?Â (yes, even a minor one can be a major one).Â Use my case as an example, I started out with one week of constipation that turned into 4 weeks, and I sought treatment at week #1.Â I had no other symptoms and just chalked it up to working too much and not eating as good as I should have been, but this is “normal” for many of us, right?
3.Â Have you booked a colonscopy or at least considered booking one?Â (please don’t be afraid or embarrassed about it)Â Even if you don’t have a family history of colon cancer, ask for theÂ test anyway, if you don’t ask, youÂ don’t get, period.Â I am the firstÂ case in my family and I was diagnosed at age 39 to top it off.Â Most cases of colon cancer are diagnosed at age 50+.
I have been with 3 family members, my Mom,Â my brother and my sister on their colonscopy days… not in the exam room, but all other steps.Â All three of them told me that the actual test was a breeze, you get a nice little nap thanks to a narcotic special blend little cocktail and you get a day off of work.Â The worst part of the whole ordeal is the prep work the day before to clean your bowels out.Â You start taking pills and a drink at 3:00 pm and you will be going to the bathroom likely until midnight and then you are good to go for the next morning.Â Â Â Please do not be shy about asking to be tested, it could save your life, trust me, you don’t want to be in my position.
Make yourself a promise to take care of business.Â Your business.Â Be your own best advocate.