Posts tagged colon cancer
It must be the spring weather and the extra sunlight but I am feeling better and more optimistic —and seeing things clearer. Or at least that’s how I feel today. And I am feeling more empowered to take charge and control of certain aspects of my life that are out of whack. I feel good things coming my way very soon. It just feels right and that it’s my time to finally shine professionally. I am so hungry for growth in my professional life right now –and have been feeling stagnant. The past week –some great, no nonsense signs have presented themselves to me and I have seen them — crystal clearly and feel empowered by them. If you jump, a net will appear…
I haven’t posted much cancer-related news lately – unintentionally. I came across this interesting piece yesterday:
I consider anyone under the age of 40 to be a young adult in the cancer world — and know that Scott was misdiagnosed a few times. What doctors do is they go by statistics — age, risk factors, family history to assess the symptoms. Why would a 37 year old male with on family history of colon cancer have colon cancer? Statistics would say he wouldn’t so it must not be that. I am so thankful that we pushed harder –but we could have caught it even earlier had we known. Visit stupidcancer.org for more info on young adult cancer and support.
45, 65, 75, 85, 95 (failed)
We are raising money for the Scope it Out 5K Washington DC Presented by Chris4Life and running the race in honor of Scotty’s fifth year colon cancer free. Consider donating or joining our team!! And make sure no matter what that you become familiar with the signs and symptoms of Colon Cancer!
There is so much good going on my life it seems to make the things that aren’t going as they should be seem magnified. One thing I have learned about myself over the years is I am a thinker. I tend to have a very raw knee jerk reaction to something, then I step back and think about it –and ultimately fix or get to whatever it is I need to do. People that don’t know me well tend to react from the initial knee jerk reaction and it obviously causes issues for both them and me.
The past few days I have been stuck in that initial knee jerk reaction phase and all I have to say is Thank God for good people in my circle. I asked for some pep talking and I got it. I asked for support and help, I got it. And think I am now thinking and acting on some things that need to be cleaned up. I know I am being vague but sometimes the actual issue isn’t the point — it’s what you do when you are confronted with something that is throwing you off balance in your life. And how you work through the fear -of the unknown, of failure. It’s really about discovering yourself and making progress and change. It’s hard and sometimes it sucks and you go kicking and screaming–but usually what’s on the other side is so much better.
One of my friends yesterday shared this quote with me as a part of her kick me in the ass pep talk: Leap, and the net will appear. -John Burroughs
I am going to keep that quote close to my chest as I work to make a leap….
A snowy morning in Northern VA! Nothing major but enough to delay the kiddos a few hours so the roads can be cleared. It looks so pretty outside and it was pristine at 530 this morning!
- Burpee/Shoot Thru/Suicide combos
- Split Jerk
- Split Jerk (go heavy!)
- Tabata L-Sits
I only got up to 125# because my technique is off with the hip drive. It’s frustrating to know I can lift more if only my form was dead on. I have to keep working on learning how to use my hips to drive weight up! Bam!
Scope it Out 5K
This year is a big year for my family.
The beginning of Summer 2008, my husband, Scotty was surprisingly diagnosed with colon cancer and had to undergo surgery to remove half of his colon and a year of chemo -that had us spending all day, every other Tuesday at Georgetown Hospital and two days at home with a chemo pack. During the entire process, Scotty was an amazing fighter — continuing to work as much as he could and staying positive and keeping his amazing personality in tact. The cancer story is followed in my original blog: Colon C – The Journey
This July, it will be FIVE years since that diagnosis and for colon cancer that’s a big deal. That means we can put a period at the end of it and call it DONE. They consider it cured. Now to put things in perspective — cancer changes everything about you and your family so while the cancer is gone, the changes it makes to you are lifelong –good and bad.
Colon cancer, if detected early is very curable & awareness of its signs and symptoms is vital. Anything we can do to help someone else become aware and informed BEFORE — we are on board.
I don’t particularly like setting a goal for $$ amount because I appreciate each and every donation whether it’s a big amount or not! So — I’m going to give it a go again this year and see where we land. I also as a practice don’t ask anyone to support any cause –this one is so near and dear obviously that I make this one year exception.
Last year we had the best time running the race and having brunch afterwards. You can join us for the run this year, donate to our team, and/or raise some money for our team!
Join us or Make a Donation to our Team Hoagie’s Heroes!
Join the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation in the heart of Washington, D.C. for one of the largest annual colon cancer awareness events in the country – part of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. The race course starts and ends at Freedom Plaza and will take runners and walkers up scenic Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol, bringing the Scope It Outmessage to the doorstep of our nation’s decision makers.
When: March 24, 2013 at 09:00 AM
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington , DC
Join us or Make a Donation to our Team
With March being Colon Cancer Awareness month, StopColonCancerNow.com hopes this video will encourage people get over their fears and get screened. One test could save a life.
Most people need to get their first colonoscopy at age 50. You may need to get screened earlier if you are 45 years of age or older and African American, or have a family history of polyps or colon cancer.
There is no better test, no better time to help in the fight against cancer. Find a doctor today and schedule your colonoscopy: http://stopcoloncancernow.com/find-a-center
It’s Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and Fight Colorectal Cancer & My Colon Cancer Coach is offering a Twibbon - a small image in the corner of your Twitter or Facebook profile image- to help unite survivors, loved ones and supporters with a symbol of support: I just switched mine on Twitter – show your support and do it too!
Also, if you want more information about Colon Cancer or are newly diagnosed, visit My Colon Cancer Coach. It’s a great resource with loads of information about treatments, trials, and support and general education about the 2nd deadliest cancer which is 90% preventable if caught early!!
Don’t forget, we have a Life Fit and Sore! team running in the Scope It Out 5K race in DC this month! You can donate or join our team. We are in 1st Place —-
If you register for our team – register as an individual and during the reg process you will be able to pick Live Fit and Sore! as your team —
(CNN) – In my 20s, after my doctor performed a laparoscopy to examine my uterus and ovaries, he gave me a videotape of the procedure. I dubbed it “Madame Ovary,” threw a party and screened it for my friends.
Three years ago, when my doctor sent me to have a colonoscopy, the last thing on my mind was seeing footage from the exam.
At 39, I was mortified about having a procedure that I associated with older people. I didn’t even want to talk about it, let alone see it.
But March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so I’m coming clean. While drinking two liters of liquid that tastes like dirty sea water to evacuate my bowels doesn’t rank highly on my list of things to do, neither does dying from colon cancer. And having a colonoscopy, although unpleasant and embarrassing, was one of the best things I have ever done for my health.
Of all cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer –cancer of the colon or rectum — is the second-leading killer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is 1 in 20, and up to 150,000 new cases a year are reported in the United States, the American Cancer Society says. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that removing precancerous growths spotted during a colonoscopy can cut the risk of dying from colon cancer in half. More than 95% of tumors are detected during a colonoscopy.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month!
if you are at risk for colon cancer, have any of the symptoms below, or are 50+ please go get screened for Colon Cancer. If caught early, colon cancer is beatable! And more and more young people are battling this horrible disease, so it’s not just a cancer for those ‘old people’. Know the risks, the symptoms and don’t let your guard down. We never in our craziest worst nightmares ever thought our family would have to deal with Cancer but…
Colorectal cancer first develops with few, if any, symptoms. However, if symptoms are present, they may include:
- Having diarrhea or constipation
- Feeling that your bowel does not empty completely
- Finding blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool
- Finding your stools are narrower than usual
- Frequently having gas pains or cramps, or feeling full or bloated
- Losing weight with no known reason
- Feeling very tired all the time
- Having nausea or vomiting
These symptoms can also be associated with many other health conditions. If you have any of these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor. Only your doctor can determine why you’re having these symptoms. Usually, early cancer does not cause pain. It is important not to wait to feel pain before seeing a doctor.
Also, don’t forget about the Chris4Life Scope it Out 5K! Team Live Fit and Sore! will be racing! Join us or make a donation!
Why do I post info about cancer on this blog? Besides the obvious reason: my family’s fight with colon cancer, I share it because if you aren’t thinking about these things now and take care of yourself the best you can – health issues creep up. They may not be as serious as cancer or disease, but it could be simple mobility and not being able to move around. The ramifications of an unhealthy, unhappy life do appear — it’s just a matter of when. You have to be aware of what you could be in for —
During our cancer fight, we did have good insurance thank god, so it was manageable. But I did see the bills –and there were times that monthly, Scott’s treatment cost in excess of $25K! That is a MONTH!! We had over a year of cancer/chemo care! Can you even imagine and of course do whatever it takes to save the person you love — but what about afterwards if you don’t have good insurance? You are left with a pile of bills and have to rebuild your ‘new’ life….
food for thought —
– Patti Tyree was afraid that cancer would steal her future. Instead, the cost of treating it has.
She had hoped to buy a small farm with money inherited from her mother. But copayments for just one $18,000 round of breast chemotherapy and one shot of a nearly $15,000 blood-boosting drug cost her $2,000.
Bills for other treatments are still coming, and almost half of her $25,000 inheritance is gone.
“I supposedly have pretty good insurance,” said Tyree, 57, a recently retired federal worker who lives near Roanoke, Va. “How can anybody afford this?”
Forty years after the National Cancer Act launched the “war on cancer,” the battle is not just finding cures and better treatments but also being able to afford them.
New drugs often cost $100,000 or more a year. Patients are being put on them sooner in the course of their illness and for a longer time – sometimes for the rest of their lives. The latest trend is to use these drugs in combination, guided by genetic tests that allow more personalized treatment but also add to its expense.
It’s not just drugs: Radiation treatment is becoming more high-tech, and each leap in technology has brought a quantum leap in expense. Proton therapy is one example – it costs twice as much as conventional radiation and is attracting prostate cancer patients despite a lack of evidence that it is any better.
The financial strain is showing: Some programs that help people pay their bills have seen a rise in requests, and medical bills are a leading cause of bankruptcies.
A new study provides what independent researchers call the best evidence yet that colonoscopy — perhaps the most unloved cancerscreening test — prevents deaths. Although many people have assumed that colonoscopy must save lives because it is so often recommended, strong evidence has been lacking until now.
Please support me in my quest to raise money to help fight and support those with colon cancer. I will be running in the Chris4Life Scope it Out 5K in honor of my husband and his gorgeous colon: Scott Hoaglund – on March 25th in DC and need help!
Whatever you can manage would be appreciated:http://www.active.com/donate/scopeitout5k2012/SHoaglu2
Here’s some inspiration -the story of the Chris4Life Inspiration — a story not unlike other colon cancer fighters and their families…
Over the next three years what we as a family had to endure was, in my opinion, one of the worse things humans can experience in life. There was fear, pain, grief, good news, then fear, pain and grief all over again. It was almost as if as soon as we would get up, we would be knocked down again and again. One of the painful memories of my life came about three months before my mom passed away. She had been in and out of the hospital for weeks, and on one occasion she was bent over on the stairs in our foyer crying/screaming in pain. The look of fear in her face will be something I will never forget. She was terrified, to the point that the fear had crippled any positive thinking. You could tell the only thing she was thinking was that she was dying. This memory is still in my mind. This memory is the impetus for fighting to make sure not another single human being will ever have to suffer from this preventable disease again.
It was 9 a.m. on May 11, 2009, the day after Mother’s Day that our mother, wife, friend and inspiration passed away at the early age of 59.
After mom passed, I had remembered many times her bringing up the fact that no one ever talked about colon cancer. That it wasn’t sexy to talk about it. It wasn’t pink, and unfortunately colon cancer was still the second leading cause of cancer related deaths when men and women are combined – with over 150,000 new cases a year, and 55,000 deaths. My mother had such passion, to the point where she was almost mad that she never heard about getting screened on TV, radio, in the newspapers, or through an NFL game – like breast cancer.
In August 2009, I was watching Ted Kennedy’s funeral on TV, and it truly inspired me. We as a family had been dealt a blow similar to the experiences that the Kennedys unfortunately had been dealt over and over. I remember hearing his family talk about how when Ted was knocked down he would always transform a tragedy into something positive, life changing at times.
This is what Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation is. We are an organization that has truly turned the tragedy of a loved one into a “force for good” for millions of Americans.
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wish that I could give my mom a big hug, share dinners, movies and holidays together. But in my opinion my mom’s life (like many others that came before and after her) have given the ultimate sacrifice to rid this world of colon cancer.