On the winding and sometimes challenging road of wellness; prevention and advocacy is our friend and ally. When I speak of advocacy I talk about reading labels; knowing what is in your food and drink, etc. When I speak of prevention I speak of mindfulness of body and surroundings.  We need to be our own champion; our own advocate because no one is looking out for you more than yourself. This is especially true when it comes to disease prevention.

My Mother had a colon cancer scare recently. They got it just in time. Her Doctor was professional and mindful enough to suggest (in light of the risk) any children over 40 should go and get an early Colonoscopy.  Enter my story….. Typically the age is 50 when they suggest you go in for the preventative test – I am 42 as I scribe these words. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and yet one of the most common. Ever heard the phrase “we are what we eat”? With all the fake processed crap in our food chain; the chemicals, sulfites, nitrates and carcinogens, it is clear cancer is going to be an ongoing battle. The colon is the last part of the digestive system; the trash dump of our body. It extracts water and salt from solid wastes before they are eliminated from the body. It is where toxins accumulate and thus poses a cancer risk.

In preparing for my Colonoscopy I had to fast for about 40 hours. The liquid they prescribe (which in essence is Draino for the human body) is not terrible to drink – it is the large amount you have to drink that is challenging. The hunger pains are real and though my stomach felt like it was literally sucking against my spine it was all bearable.  It actually felt good knowing I was being cleansed; in fact, I had enough energy to shovel the driveway even after not eating for 36 hours.

The prep in the hospital took about an hour. The Nurse asked if I was a jogger. I said no, but that I bike ride 20-30 miles a week; but now in the winter I am probably the most out of shape. She said my heart was that of a 20-year-old in regard to the oxygen it was pumping… That was empowering to know!

I kind of feel bad for Michael Jackson and his family. There must have been five different people who made references to his overdose. Propofol is used in the intravenously administered sedation. One nurse said I will be getting the MJ family value package. Another practitioner said I will not get a doggy bag to take home the leftovers like Michael. Even the anesthesiologist said the procedure was a breeze and I would be “moonwalking” out of here in no time.

He was right, the procedure was a breeze. Though I am not going to lie, I was a little worried about getting a medical probe shoved four feet up my butt. Still, all wired up and ready to go, the Propofol started flowing and before I knew it, I was in the recovery room never knowing anything happened. I am happy to say, there were no polyps and I am scheduled to go back in five years. It was easy!

The reason I write this somewhat personal account of my Colonoscopy is to create further awareness. If you are nearing 50 years old or if you are younger and there is colon cancer in your family; then you owe it to yourself to get a Colonoscopy. I thought the hard part was going to be the actual procedure. I think it was the fasting and colon cleansing that was the hard part – a silver lining if you ask me because I found that penny I swallowed by accident when I was 8 years old. Just kidding… or am I?

Be mindful and your body and be your own advocate! You owe it to yourself!


John C. Bader

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