Sunday Snippet: The “Whew” and a PSA Edition
Today, I’m going to tell you about something that has been happening here in my life, something that I haven’t really shared here because 1) it’s rather personal and 2) I worried that sharing it would affect the outcome, which is stupid, I know, but I’m old and that’s how we aged folks think. We worry about jinxing things and other silliness.
But we are through this time now, so I’m going to use today’s blog as an opportunity for a PSA. It is this, Get a colonoscopy! If you are over 50 and you’ve never had one, go book it now. If you are 40 or older and you have a family history of colon cancer, talk to your family doctor about having a colonoscopy.
Exactly one month ago, June 16, Husband went in for a routine colonoscopy and it showed an ulcerated mass in his ascending colon (the right side). It was cancer. We were terrified. But that diagnosis started a month-long odyssey that included lots of sleepless nights and gut-wrenching fear. Because we caught it early, we got a happy ending–he is now cancer-free and recovering nicely. That said, our lives have become a lot more doctor-oriented–oncologist, gastric surgeon, GP, genetic specialist, endocrinologist… and we love them all. Everyone from the gastroenterologist who found the cancer to the nurse who wheeled him down to the car after he was released from the hospital on Tuesday–they were all just fantastic. Warm and gracious and kind and caring–just as it should be.
Husband is here with me and although he is now officially high risk for colon cancer and will be monitored closely for at least the next five years, he’s recovering and back on the path to healthy. So we’re celebrating! But too many others aren’t as fortunate.
We dodged a serious bullet, so we’re pushing this message to anyone who’ll listen: Get a colonoscopy! If you are over 50 and you’ve never had one, go book it now. If you are 40 or older and you have a family history of colon cancer, talk to your family doctor about having a colonoscopy. Go here to learn more about colon cancer.
Gratitude for this week: All the medical folks who saw us through this crisis; all the friends and family who prayed and surrounded us in white light; Son and DIL, who stayed close to us the whole time; the science that made this healing possible; Creator God who kept a hand of protection around Husband.
Stay well, stay safe, wear your mask if you’re in a crowd, and most of all, mes amies, stay grateful.
Roseann McGrath Brooks
So glad to hear your hubby is cancer free. My best friend just completed her year-long journey with breast cancer and has been declared cancer free. What a blessing those two words are!
Yes, Roseann, our two favorite words right now! Thank you!!
I’m so glad to hear he’s cancer-free.
I have Crohn’s Disease and have been getting colonoscopies for decades.
Bless you, Denise, I know how hard Crohn’s is to live with! Colonoscopies are vital! Hugs, sweets!
Valri L Western
Thank you, Nan. Both my hubby and I have gotten this test a couple times. It’s not pleasant but it is necessary! So glad your hubby got it early. Blessings to him AND you!!!
Thank you, Valri! So glad you stopped by! Yup, not at all pleasant, but it is necessary! Hugs!
Thank you for the reminder, Nan, that we are all mortal, and I don’t think “silly” or “aged” applies to the fear of jinxing something—just being human —except my daughter who doesn’t believe in fate—we’re just all “randomly on the blue dot spot spinning through space.” No magic
Your daughter will grow into her magicalness–she is, after all, your daughter and bound to be full of magic one day! It’s been a rough month, but we see the light and rejoicing at the miracles of modern medicine! Many hugs, my friend!
Such great news!
Thank you, Sandy! We are very relieved!
So glad J’s feeing better!
Me, too! Thanks for being my listening ear and dear, dearest friend. <>
Thinking of you & the Family, so glad the outcome was a good one for your Husband.
Thank you, Betty. We know how fortunate we are!
I’m glad to hear your husband is doing better now.
Thank you, Janine! He’s coming along. 😉