What are you putting off?
This year my dad would have celebrated his 69th birthday. Sadly, we lost him to colon cancer at age 52. At the time 52 seemed so young. The older I get – the younger it seems. I can’t help but wonder if Dad would have had a colonoscopy at age 50, would he still be with us. It seems likely.
Listen, I completely understand no one likes the idea of anything involving a “scope” and your “back door,” but here’s the thing:
In a world where few things are certain – this is certain – having a colonoscopy can keep colon cancer from ever developing.
That’s right – unlike many cancer screening which hope to catch cancer in the early stages, a colonoscopy can catch it before it even starts. Removing polyps (abnormal growths) removes the chance they will develop into cancer later on.
Doctors recommend everyone have a colonoscopy at age 50. Given my family history I recently had my second at age 45. One polyp removed – one bullet dodged. A small price to pay for 5 more years of peace of mind.
Really – don’t be a wuss.
The procedure is quick, and the drugs are awesome. I don’t remember a thing. Sure, the prep beforehand isn’t pleasant, but that too has become easier. All of it is well worth the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.
So, what are you putting off? Are you being a wuss?
Is it time to schedule your colonoscopy, a check up, or another screening?
Is it time to face up to your health and quit smoking, lose weight or get help with your stress?
Suck it up!
It is a New Year – take the challenge – stop being a wuss and take charge of your health!
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Eliz Greene cared for her father and her father-in-law as they individually battled cancer. She is an advocate for cancer screening and provides stress management programs for caregivers.
An Author and Heart Health Advocate, Eliz Greene survived a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggled to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and searched for a way to hold on to the perspective and passion she found in her near-death experience. Drawing on her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She is the author of 3 books and writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.