If you are over age 50, please get a colonoscopy ASAP
I debated for several weeks on posting this thread. Sometimes personal things are better off kept private. But if just one person reads this thread, and follows my advice, I would feel better knowing that I helped someone whom I have never met.
I was supposed to get a colonoscopy 4 years ago, at age 40, because my father had colon cancer. You are supposed to get one at age 40 if colon cancer is in your family, age 50 if it is not in your family. I wimped out because the thought of having to go thru the bowel prep the day before the exam, coupled with the thought of a 10 foot hose shoved up my butt didn't sound too good.
On December 3rd, at 44, I finally went for the colonoscopy. The bowel prep the day before wasn't too bad, and I was knocked out for the actual procedure. Before the procedure, I was told that I would be in a "twilight" state, but I was out cold.
In the recovery room, patients are passing gas (air) that was pumped into the colon during the procedure. It was a fart party, and I was happy to participate. I heard the nurse say to the other patients that their results were good. I was told that the doctor would see me in a little while. Hmmm. Not good. The doctor told my wife and I that I needed to see a surgeon immediately. I had a small mass (polyp) that could not be removed during the colonoscopy. He took 3 snips of the mass for a biopsy.
My wife got a copy of the doctor's report before we left the office. Trying to read the medical verbage, and reading between lines, it said that I had cancer of the sigmoid which is the lower part of the colon. I was floored.
After feeling sorry for myself and drinking myself into oblivion, I went to see the surgeon 3 days later. Trying to calm my fears, he said that surgery was required whether the mass was cancer or not. 12 inches of my colon would be removed, and the entire mass would be checked for cancer after the surgery.
5 days later I went under the knife. I was in the hospital for 6 days and I am home now recovering. Each day I get stronger and feel better.
When I went back to the surgeon to get the staples removed, I was told that the biopsy results were in, and I did indeed have invasive cancer. I was floored again. The cancer had spread thru several layers of the colon, but had remained in the colon, so I don't need chemo or radiation.
I consider myself a very lucky man. Lucky that I didn't wait any longer and lucky that I live in a day and age where colon cancer can be detected early.
I end my saga by asking that if you are over age 50, please get a colonoscopy as soon as possible. It could save your life. It certainly saved mine.
Glad to hear it was caught in time before it spread to other places.
Also get your prostate exam, I had prostate cancer when I was 42, they took it out, re occurred 4 yrs later, had to do chemo and radiation, but has been good for 8 yrs
Glad to hear it was caught in time.
When they did mine I was awake and watched it on a TV monitor. Looked like science fiction.
I had 10 polyps and I watched him cut them out like he was playing a video game. The nurse was one of my customers. That was the only em- bare-ass-ing thing.
None of my were cancerous. I have no fear of doing it again which I think is coming up next year.
Live each day like it is your last, for one day you will be right!
We have talked about this before in here.
I had one at 50, 6 years ago, and am due for another.
One small benign polyp removed, no biggie, thank God.
My wife's cousin went in for one and they found a huge tumor and had to remove it. No cancer but they said he would have been dead in a year if he hadn't had the procedure. He had no symptoms, none.
Good luck Gary, thats tough.
have not had the virtual or actual colonoscopy and way overdue
I have to ask you: before you went through all this, was it your opinion that life is no fun? Or, was it your opinion that life is good? Either way, did your opinion of life change after this experience?
Originally Posted by gary_g
Reason I ask, I have already decided on no chemo and no radiation. Just some surgery if necessary and then be kept comfortable and go with whatever my body does next.
For non-life threatening stuff, I recommend reading
It has a segment on colon polyps ("there is money in each colon; all you have to do is get it."
I had one done at 50. Very glad I did it knowing they only found one polyp and it was checked to find it was non cancerous. I didn't hesitate doing it because I knew other fellows my age were not so lucky and had to have parts of their colon removed. I remembered horror stories told before hand of the prep which I found wasn't that bad. Nobody should ever put off having this done when it's available.
I guess I have a little more than a year and I will most certainly under go the test.
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I'm 54 and had my first one 6 months ago. Prep suck: shi$%ing for 6-8 hours but procedure is like watching funky tv.
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"Life's tough......It's even tougher if you're stupid."
I have to agree the prep is no picnic and neither is the fasting. I was told I would be sedated and it was painless and under a sort of foginess during the procedure. I was faced toward the computer screen and I think I remember part of the journey of he scope. After my recovery and farting exit from the hospital my wife was kind enough to take me the nearest IHOP for a breakfast feast since it was an early morning appointment. That was 2 years ago and recently was the wife's turn so I got to enjoy another breakfast. Oh, the joys of growing older.
Last edited by Trublshter; 01-23-2009 at 10:02 PM.
The test is nothing, the drug they give you is out of this world.
The day before prep is brutal though.
I am and have always been a fun-loving person. I am known for my good sense of humor and never take myself too seriously. I always see the glass as half-full and try to be optimistic, but certainly realistic.
Originally Posted by WhoIsThat?
The queen and I have no kids of our own, so we travel and enjoy life.
I should have gotten a living well before I went under the knife, but I didn't. This is something that I must do in the near future.
I would have gone thru radiation and chemo if needed. Life's too short, I'm only 44, and I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet. 20 years from now may be a different story.
My outlook on life hasn't really changed. As I stated in my original post, I do feel like I am a very lucky man. My philosophy has always been to treat others the way I want to be treated. A few months ago, this site had a collection going for "KoolBeans" who lost his hand in an accident and had mounting medical bills. I sent him a check and wished him the best. Maybe God blessed me in return. I'm not sure.