The thought occurred to me while I was checking-in this morning for my first colonoscopy:  I should write an article about this.  You know–share the fun with everyone!

Hey, Katie… Is it really this fun?

Kidding aside, at the age of 55, I should have had this done earlier.  But being diagnosed with bone marrow cancer (multiple myeloma) at the age of 51, I guess I had a good excuse.

Fortunately, my wife’s insurance carrier, Cigna, requires a colonoscopy as part of the pre-transplant approval process.  So since I needed the procedure to be completed before my scheduled stem cell transplant in June, I was forced into action.

This is fortunate, because colon cancer is one type of cancer which really can be caught and treated early–and a colonoscopy is still the best, most thorough way to achieve that.

It is also fortunate, because my specialist, Dr. Chalasani, did find and remove a suspicious polyp.  He also biopsied several other suspect areas. 

I was told all of this was just precautionary.  I believe this to be true.  But despite my high fiber diet, eating a limited amount of red meat (I was even a vegetarian for over a decade) exercising and taking lots of chemo for my other cancer (Shouldn’t my chemo do “double duty” and wipe-out other cancers at the same time?  After all, it costs as much as $8000 a month…), there were still several “issues” to be checked-out.

Tomorrow I will continue with what will be a three part series about my journey into the world of gastrointestinal endoscopy.  For now, I think a rare, but well deserved nap is in order.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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