This was inspierd by a Discussion Topic posted by 10fluffy35, entitled
"Colonoscopy with diabetes". It began as a response to that topic; however, since I'm so passionate about the subject, I got rather long-winded. Instead of editing it down, I decided it would be more theraputic for me, and interesting to others, to let it stand on its own.
My health care plan administration keeps track of what procedures I need and notifies me when to have them. I follow their instructions completely. There has never been a second's doubt on my part as to whether or not to have a colonoscopy.
You see, I've lost five siblings to cancer, including one to colon cancer. He was the first of the five to die, in 1980. At 32 years old, he was the baby of the family. (The other four succumbed to cancer in 1995, 2003, 2008, and 2009, so you can see why the passion is still close to the surface.).
My Brother's oncology surgeon cautioned the rest of us we should all have a colonoscopy every five years. The fact is, NOT having a colonoscopy could end up costing you your life. That may sound a bit dramatic to you, but its the truth. My Dr says no one should die from colon cancer these days. However, if you don't get tested, and there are polyps in your colon, the liklihood is the polyps will develop into colon cancer.
I've had three colonoscopies. Pre-cancerous polyps were found and removed during the first two, but the third one was clean. The procedures were all done as an outpatient, and I had to take a driver with me to drive me home; otherwise, they wouldn't do the procedure. When I underwent the first procedure, I had not, yet, been diagnosed with diabetes. During the other two procedures, they were fully aware that I am a diabetic, and acted accordingly. (One person did a fine job of detailing that in a reply to the Discussion Topic first written above, so I won't repeat it here.) One of the types of gunk I had to drink the night before (a whole gallon of it) was really gross, but not so bad when you consider the possible alternative.
There's no reason to be afraid of having the procedure, as there isn't any discomfort involved. An anestheologist is on duty and puts you under. The last thing I knew was the Dr (a gastroenterologist) asking me to turn on my left side; then, the nurse was telling me it was time to wake up.
Under no circumstances should you put off having the colonoscopy, 10fluffy35. I strongly urge you to do it! As they say, "The life you save may be your own!"
;-) Respectfully submitted, Mara
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