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9/3/11 11:37 P

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I bet that really scared you at 21. That's great that you haven't had any more since...I bet you get those colonoscopies on schedule to be sure there aren't any more.

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I had rectal bleeding when I was 21 years old.. Had three colonoscopies, to remove large polyps. All were benign. No problems since then.

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That is so sad. I am truly sorry for you loss.

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9/2/11 12:00 P

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My niece fought colon cancer last year, and lost. She left behind two young children and a grieving husband.

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8/24/11 5:14 P

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Good for you! Getting screened and knowing your results gives you peace of mind and if necessary, the motivation to take care of problems early. We are focused on encouraging our forum members to take action to keep themselves healthy. We are glad that you've made a great decision!
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Welcome, Susie! Give yourself the gift of a colonoscopy!

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8/24/11 8:25 A

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emoticon Go Susie!! Go Susie!!! Make that call!! emoticon

And, AWESOME weight loss!!!

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8/23/11 11:39 P

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Welcome, Susie! Congratulations on your weight loss & your commitment! I agree with everyone's comments - go for it, you will be glad when it is behind you (no pun intended).

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Ah Susie, don't wait, call now. If you have any polyps, the sooner they are gone, the better for you! We're all cheering you on!
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8/23/11 8:45 P

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Ah, Suzie: In retrospect and in light of your quote, instead of saying "JUST DO IT" I probably should have said to you: "JUST MAKE THE COMMITTMENT TO DO IT"



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8/23/11 8:04 P

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Yes, just do it Susie! You won't regret the decision to go ahead with the colonoscopy. Let us know when you do schedule one so we can all cheer.

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Ahh thank you Tricia for your candor. I will be making an appt. with my DR very soon. When I saw that quote I had to do some introspection and thought this is what I need to. I have never done something like this before and for me it said it all!

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8/23/11 5:20 P

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Thank you, Susie. Since you're past 60, you should schedule a colonoscopy soon. Even though a sigmoidoscopy is one colon cancer screening tool, it only checks the bottom third (at most) of your colon and, if any problems and/or polyps are found, another procedure will be needed to deal with it. A colonoscopy checks the whole colon and, if polyps are found, they are removed during that procedure.

I had a sigmoidoscopy several years ago and two polyps were found in the lower colon, so they scheduled a colonoscopy a couple of weeks later where ANOTHER polyp was found higher up in the colon. I can't help but think that, if I hadn't needed to have the colonoscopy, that third polyp could have grown and become cancerous. Unless there is a very compelling reason not to, I will not now spend my time and money on anything less than a periodic colonoscopy with annual fecal occult blood tests (stool cards) in between.

So, get a colonoscopy for yourself scheduled. JUST DO IT!

By the way, I really like your quote and you've had a fantastic weight loss!

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This may be my first post on this team. Not sure. When I was 50 at my annual physical they suggested a sigmoidoscopy (sp) I had one and it was fine. At my 60th birthday physical my Dr said within the next couple of years I should have a colonoscopy. I will schedule it this year.


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SUSIEMT: Are you new to this team? I don't recall seeing a posting from you, but my memory isn't nearly as good as it used to be. If you haven't posted before, let us know your "story" about colon cancer screening. If you have already done this, I apologize for my memory lapse.


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I had an uncle that was diagnosed with colon cancer about 30-35 years ago. He died of colon cancer within a year or so. I just wished I remembered more facts about it. I guess I was still young enough to think I was invincible!

Susie South Central WI

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When you break down goals into smaller steps, it isn't even that hard. All you have to do is say "yes" to the right thing!


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That is great. These are the type of stories others need to hear to try to help motivate them to take that all important 1st step. Take care. In good health. WAS


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8/23/11 7:37 A

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My father was diagnosed with colon cancer three years ago during a routine colonoscopy. The cancer was caught early (Stage 1), he had surgery and has been cancer-free since that time.

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This is from my 'story' posted elsewhere. But maybe someone will read it here and not there.

I knew I needed to have my colonoscopy because of an experience a friend and co-worker had. She had talked about her doctors "bugging" her to get her colonoscopy, but she said she just "didn't have the time." She finally went when she was about 55 and they found polyps and cancer! She went through a very rough two years which included surgery, treatments, setbacks, etc. The radiation went really bad and caused additional complications, so she was out of work for over a year and then could only work part time for about a year after that. Thankfully she did recover and now works full time again. This scared me just a little. Enough that I decided I would do my colonoscopy at 50. I was about 48 when her cancer was discovered. In addition, since both of my parents died of cancer (esophagus and ovarian), I am aware the odds of me getting some type of cancer might be higher than normal.

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Yes a good friend. It was caught during his colonoscopy when he turned 50. He had a long fight which included a colostomy and he had a "grand reopening" party after the colostomy was reversed. He is in remission--has been for 7 years and is doing great! If not for the colonoscopy it may not have been the happy story.

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I have known many people who had many different types of cancers. I have never known any that had colon cancer though.

Having known so many who had cancer & after seeing how it affected them, etc. A few have survived, all gave a good fight, however, most of them it did shortly lead to their demise.

I can truly say that early detection, no matter what type of cancer it maybe, is your best chance of survival. That an a good attitude. It is true what they say, mind over matter can do amazing things.

I wish everyone here the best. Take care of yourselves. WAS



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A very good friend of mine had his first colonoscopy a few months before me and his first surgery during Thanksgiving 2005 - 3 weeks before my colonoscopy. They found cancer and removed a bunch of his colon. Unfortunately it metastasized to his liver and after lots of chemo, surgery, more chemo, radiation, more surgery and more chemo and an incredible amount of pain, he finally succumbed. He was in his early 50s, had a beautiful family and was partner in a local construction business. He has been gone now for 4 years and was just honored at the local Relay for Life - his team raised several thousand dollars in his name. I count my blessings every day that I didn't have the same type of colon cancer as he did and that my wonderful doctor found it when it was very small!

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Gayle, I read your story when you first wrote it...I'm happy that you're okay. You are a walking advertisement about how important colonoscopies are!

Here's the link to Gayle's Story...
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8/22/11 10:37 P

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I've never personally known anyone who has had colon cancer. However, as I said in my original story, I would not likely know even if anyone in my extended family had suffered from colon cancer as my family did not talk about "things like that." Believe me, anything to do with the human body was a "thing like that." E.g., my own mother couldn't talk to me about menstruation--my best friend's mother explained it all to me.



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Did any of you read my story?

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Yes, an attorney I worked with was diagnosed during a routine physical at age 61. At the time it was already Stage 3. However, he fought his battle, was back at work in record time, is currently cancer-free, and this is 10 years later.

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My Dad died from colon cancer 20 years ago. When he told his doctor he didn't feel good (and my father NEVER went to the dr unless he was REALLY sick), his dr. who was as old as my Dad (80) told my Dad that it was just old age...take some geritol. Geritol turns your stool black...so, it masked the blood in his stool. He died six months later.

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My sister and she has now been cancer free for almost 5 years.

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 NKJV

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I know of two examples. One is a woman who lost her 2 1/2 year fight with the disease just last year. She was 63 and her husband had been trying to get her to have a colonoscopy for over a decade (he'd had two.) By the time she did have the screening her cancer had spread to most of her body.

The other person had a much better experience. At one of her routine screenings they found Stage Two cancer. She had surgery after that and is alive 15 years later! And they have been quite healthy and normal 15 years! Her daughter, one of my dearest friends, has screenings once a year now so that they can catch anything early, should something be going wrong. She is very glad to do these screenings.--ranging from cards to colonoscopies.



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Have you known anyone, or have a friend who knew someone, who has ever fought colon cancer?

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