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Colon Cancer Awareness

I had my first colonoscopy screening at age 45 and have undergone the procedure three times since. I’m at risk because I lost my father to the disease last year. After diagnosing Dad in 2012, the gastroenterologist firmly told my brother and me to “run, not walk” to get a colonoscopy. I followed his advice to the letter. During my first colonoscopy, pre-cancerous polyps were discovered and removed. I was shocked, as I had no idea that they were there! If my dad hadn’t been diagnosed with colorectal cancer – or if I had waited until I felt like it, or had serious symptoms – it might have been too late. The second colonoscopy was a year later, and everything was fine. Three years after that, I went back for my third colonoscopy and the pre-cancerous polyps had grown back in

I’ve always loved the color blue. It’s the color of the ocean, the sky on a clear day, blueberries. And it’s the designated color of “National Dress in Blue Day.” Held the first Friday in March, this day honors the memory of those lost to colon cancer, those who are fighting it, and support for the caregivers while raising awareness about how people can reduce their risk of the disease. My father was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in the summer of 2012 at age 73, but he was exhibiting symptoms years before then. Like many men of his generation, he refused to see or even talk to a doctor about it. Dad was also an insulin-dependent diabetic and had three stents in his heart. I guess he felt like he had been poked and prodded enough over the years.