Monday, August 22, 2011

Drumroll Please....

Well as it turns out I was right to be scared.  It has been a whirlwind several weeks, but I am emerging slowly from the other side.

When I last left you I had a colonoscopy, and the doc removed some polyps.  Well it turns out that one of them was cancerous.  Which of course I did not take exactly well.  However.... The GOOD NEWS is that I have already had surgery and they removed about a foot a colon and all of the cancer with it.  It ended up being Stage 1.  That means NO chemo, NO radiation, and surgery is the only thing I have to endure.  Of course I will be visiting an oncologist and the GI doc for followups and still remain nervous.

More than anything though I am optimistic.  I am getting back to losing weight and am going to try hard this time to keep it off.  I am going to be on a mission to let people know about colon cancer and making sure that people pay attention to their crap, and schedule the colonoscopy when the time comes.  Talk to your family members and find out if they have had polyps.  I could go on but the real news today is that I am CANCER FREE.  oh and I have dropped a little over 40 lbs since Sept last year.  :-)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Scared Straight

You would think so.  I know I have been MIA for some time again.  What can I say?  I have no excuse.  All I can do is start again.  Obviously something precipitated this post so I should just get to it.

I went in to the doc after having some blood in my stool, okay, it had been there off and on from some time.  Now I know it is gross to think or talk about but I am damn glad I finally said something.  Doc sent me off to get a colonoscopy and the GI doc found and removed several polyps.  Now this in itself is not great, but it is not good.  What is really not good?  The doc called them large and one was enormous.  So what the hell does all that mean doc?

Doc says that the polyps were benign but they have sent them off to Mayo for more tests.  What?  Sent them where?  Mayo?  As in Mayo Clinic?  As in.....  

Thanks Doc!  So I go back in Wednesday to see what is really up.

So obviously I went out and researched everything I could on polyps and causes and what not.  So every site said a primary cause was genetics.  There were also a whole myriad of different other reasons why someone may develop polyps.  But you know what else was listed on every site?  Thats right folks.   Being overweight and a sedentary lifestyle. 

So here we go again.  I will update numbers on the right as soon as I have them.  I have started the process again.  Eating better and trying to get some exercise.  You would think all the warnings would scare a guy straight.  I just hope a near miss on cancer does.