The most frustrating thing for me is the fact that I’m 35 years young and I have stage 3 colon cancer. Never would I have ever thought I should be screened before the age of 50 like you see being advertised on television and on billboards. I knew the rule- GET A COLONOSCOPY AT AGE 50! Where is the awareness for people like me? People who still have young children at home who need their parents raising them.
I guess instead of being mad about it I can take this anger and channel it into something positive. I’m going to teach you the signs of colon cancer :)
When I found out that the problem I had was inside my colon I was a bit embarrassed about it. Who wants to talk about their bum issues to doctors over and over again? Not me! I especially felt silly telling family and friends- something must be very wrong with me to have colon cancer at age 35. This is how I felt last month. Now I feel a bit more knowledgeable about it, enough to understand that this isn’t something that I did wrong.
Here is a list of the most common warning signs of Colon Cancer:
Out of all of these signs I have to admit that I had at least 8 of them. One of the signs was actually dismissed by a doctor I had 5 years ago. Here’s a great interview that they did with my surgeon, Dr. Tae Kim, in February http://desne.ws/Q8FsSx
Colon cancer is some pretty serious stuff that should never be taken lightly. Most people don’t even recognize the signs until it is too late and the signs are severe enough to seek medical help. I hear this a lot, but I’m here to tell you that I DID have early signs and I DID notice them, but I didn’t notice them and think that I needed a colonoscopy. Why? Because I’m not 50!
I feel that the awareness for colon cancer is a bit misleading, but I can’t sit and place blame somewhere else. Only I know my body and I know from now on I’ll be paying a lot more attention to my health and any unusual signs. I hope that anyone reading this will as well.
All of this stuff that I get to go through actually has some happiness in it. I can tell you that today I feel better then I have felt in almost a year. I was very anemic and being so anemic was a normal way of life for me. I really felt horrible a lot of the time and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the most pleasant person to be around. Today I feel great! And...... I’ll be leaving the hospital this morning. I have my first appointment with my cancer specialist this afternoon and I’m super excited, anxious, and nervous to finally get to hear how this whole chemo thing is going to work for me.
PLEASE get a colonoscopy if you are 50 or older! PLEASE meet with your doctor if you are not and you have ANY of the signs listed above! Don’t avoid having this conversation with your doctor, you could be saving your life.
Thanks for listening to me while I was on my soapbox, I’ll get off now :)