There’s Got to be a Better Way

As I move farther away from all my surgeries, I am on a mission to make sure that my whole body is cancer-free. Over the next 6 months I am going to get  myself checked for every possible cancer that can be detected in my body. I definitely need to see a dermatologist on a regular basis and I am going to try to get some bone scans done before Dana Farber is through with me.

Because my Mom died in August of Colon Cancer, my oncologist made me get a Colonoscopy today.  Everyone  told me that the night before the test– drinking that nasty liquid– was far worse than the actual procedure. To those who told me that, I say yes, you were half right. The night before was disgusting , they were right about that– I won’t go into details, suffice it to say that I was STARVING from my liquid diet and then to have to gag down the gallon (maybe it was a quart) of what tasted like lemon flavored ocean water–well, there has to be a better way to clean out the system!

The procedure itself would have been no big deal if all had gone according to plan.  But, because of my ridiculously low blood pressure , coupled with the blood pressure meds they give me for my heart,and their inability to bring the pressure up, they had to stop giving me the sedation. Yup, that’s right, I had a colonoscopy fully awake.  The doctor told me that some people choose this method….I can’t understand for the life of me why anyone would choose to be awake for this kind of thing but I suppose there are some crazy masochistic people in this world.

Anyway, the outcome was good and everything looked fine. No suspicious cells to biopsy, no polyps to remove. It was worth the piece of mind, though. It’s certainly a relief to hear the doctor say, “it looks good”. 

So I have 5 years till the next test — 5 years to get my blood pressure up, or maybe by then they will have a better, less invasive way to test us for colon cancer.

About francesbarrie

Cancer survivor,mom,triathlete,writer,jewelry maker, baker. Staying happy and healthy,living life and enjoying it one moment at a time.
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1 Response to There’s Got to be a Better Way

  1. Karen says:

    I have had 2 colonoscopies (as my father died of colon cancer, too). I am too young to have had 2 already but they are a necessary burden for your peace of mind. When I tell you I am so excited to have my husband finally have his first – excited because it won’t be me going for another friggin procedure! I had a mammogram the other day (almost 6 years out from original breast cancer diagnosis) and it hurt more this year than any other but it was clean so I will suck it up for another year and be joyful, no matter how much I am currently bruised!

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