I was looking for a blog topic. Hadn’t a thought in my head for days. I have been running, but just simply pounding out the miles. One after the other…and that gets, well…mundane after awhile.
Then, I got some scary news.
I had my annual checkup with my OB-GYN a few weeks ago, and she recommended all the usual tests, including the dreaded colonoscopy. I balked, I begged. Then she looked at me and said,
Everyone complains about this test. But, in a few years someone you know will call you and say they have colon cancer, and you will call in an urgent need to get the screening. It’s up to you: Colon Cancer, or a colonoscopy.
I was a little embarrassed. I think of myself as fairly bright, yet I wasn’t willing to have the inconvenience of that test right in the middle of training for the LA Marathon.
So, today I get these results, which could be as minute as hemorroids, or a large as cancer. That had me nervous. The doctor called yesterday, and left this message, “Please call us.” Today, they said, “you need to call your regular physician.” Which I did, who then referred me to the OB-GYN to fax the results to a specialist. All of this took several hours, phone trees, voicemails. The upshot? I have an appointment on the 13th. With a specialist.
In the meantime, I’ve gone to the wall…In my mind’s eye, I’ve lost my hair, I’m dying…and then I’m brought right back to earth, because I have no answers, and I have no diagnosis…
The only thing I could think about was to urge, no BEG you, my dear readers to get your annual physicals with your doctors completed. And, tell the truth. As a 50 year old, you will screen for
- colon/rectal cancer
- sexually transmitted diseases (yes, still at 50)…and TELL THE TRUTH
- breast cancer (and you can learn how to do a breast self exam)
- cervical cancer
More than anything, keep your eyes. Wide Open.