MARCH IS COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

MARCH IS COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!

We are all aware of MY colorectal cancer, but what are you doing to screen for your own?

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If you are over 45 you need to get a colonoscopy- really the only way to know what's going on in there. They are uncomfortable, but listen to me now and believe me later when I tell you that the screening is nothing compared to the cancer and the treatments. I will not go into the searing pain and blood loss I suffered prior to diagnosis and treatment, but it was something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. For the record, I spent 6 months thinking I had a wicked case of hemorrhoids. If things aren't going well down there, go see your Dr.

Since September I have had all manner of equipment shoved into my butt. I have had every kind of scan out there. I have had 3 units of blood to replace what I lost. I have been poisoned to the edge of my bodies capacity to survive it (with more coming.) I have been radiated to the point where I couldn't wear pants for the pain of the 2nd degree burns through my entire crotch (for SIX DAMN WEEKS). I had a 7 hour surgery to remove my rectum and a chunk of my colon, followed by a week in the hospital with tubes stuck in every hole I had. During this surgery they reconnected my colon to where my rectum was and pulled the end of my small intestine out side the wall of my stomach and connected a bag to it, detouring the effluent while the back door heals. Hopefully in 2-8 months they will be able to reconnect my small intestine to my large intestine. If that works then I get to learn how to take a dump again, a process that will have a lot of fail before it sees any win.

In a couple weeks I will start another round of chemo that will go farther and harder than the last round because the cancer is in my lymphatic system, which is the transport to get it to the other organs of your body. Almost guaranteed I will lose my hair among other side effects. They are AMAZING at getting cancer they can see because they can cut it out or radiate it... but the invisible cancer floating in your body is less of an exact science.

Currently I have a plastic bag attached to my stomach, covering the stoma, or end of my small intestine. For some people this is a minor inconvenience and a little embarrassing when it sounds like a baby filling its diaper while having a conversation. For me it's an exercise in humiliation as my hard, round stomach is not conducive to adhering things to it. (I guess most ostomites {people with ostomies} have flat or soft tummies.) So 5 nurses struggled to make these things stick to me in the hospital, all but one failed. Then they send me home to figure it out myself. Last night was the worst and almost broke me. It's hard to be a warrior when you are dealing with ALL THIS POO. On top of all that I tried to go to work yesterday just to feel a little normal. I crapped out after 3 hours and spent the rest of the day on the couch.

This is the only time I have unloaded my frustrations with this process. I told you all that to ask you this: Is the inconvenience and uncomfortableness of a colonoscopy worth trading to avoid all this? Would you spend an hour on a table with a scope in your arse to avoid everything I've ben through and everything I have ahead of me?? If you are 45 or older get a damn colonoscopy. Don't let me have gone through this in vain.

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