Staying Healthy

Colonoscopy gives a whole new dimension to “bathroom humor.”  Today is the tenth anniversary of my last colonoscopy prep day. Later I have the great pleasure of drinking 64 ounces of Gatorade mixed with a toxic solution that will keep me running for the bathroom most of the evening. (This should have happened in January, but since I was still using a walker from leg surgery I decided that wasn’t such a good idea. Seriously walkers and laxatives are mutually exclusive.)

Really only Gary Larson could draw the cartoon involving a walker and colonoscopy prep.

So why am I blogging about all this? From the beginning of writing the Promises Series I have tried to show life as it actually is. Sort of a birth, death, war, peace, love, hate, and cooking recipes scenario. Book six of the Promises Series, which is still being written, will be dedicated to friends and loved ones we have lost to cancer. Our goal is to set aside a portion of each sale for cancer research.

People have been dying from cancer since the beginning of time. In the first century, where my books are set, there was very little that could be done for cancer. But now we are living in the 21st Century and a lot more can be done. Unfortunately, in an enlightened 21st Century, we still lose people to cancers which have very high cure rates. Why? Because something as easy as a colonoscopy or a mammogram scare people. Because sometimes people know something doesn’t seem right but they don’t want to bother the doctor about it. And some people think if they ignore it, it will go away. And sometimes cancer just sneaks up “silently.”

So later today think about me as I “prep.”  Seriously, it’s the worst part. Then go schedule your own. There truly are many things we can do to prevent or catch cancer early. Just do it.

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