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I frequently post information related to cancer –research, news, survivors, fighters…and this month is no exception. However, since it is officially Colon Cancer Awareness Month and my family was changed by this particular nasty cancer, I will be sharing cancer related information throughout this month so that we do not lose sight of those who are beginning their battle, currently battling, have won or unfortunately the way too many that have lost their battle with cancer.
For my family –just because the actual ‘cancer’ is gone, doesn’t mean the cancer ever goes away. It colors everything we do, everything we think, every choice we make. This unwelcome intruder has changed us – in the worst way and in surprisingly, some of the best ways. So keep in mind that even though a survivor may have made it to the winning side — they are never the same.
And 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!
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.
I was recently contacted by Roxanne McAnn at Nursingschools.net about a recent article on their own blog about bloggers who have opened their lives and experiences to help others going thru the same. They have included my blog! I am so honored and this is truly what it’s all about for me — giving back and helping others that have experienced a life changing event that forced them to re-look at their lives and start making better choices for themselves and their families. If I can do that for others — then I have done my job.
Cancer is a despicable, overwhelming disease that’s still frustrating doctors and nurses, as well as their patients. But through all the tests, hospital stays, surgeries, chemotherapy and side effects of cancer, a powerful and uplifting network of bloggers has also flourished. These bloggers have opened up to their families and the public to share their fear and shock during diagnosis, physical burdens during treatment, and struggles to get back to a more normal life once they’ve kicked cancer out, hopefully for good.
Whether or not this blogger feels this way isn’t really the issue in my mind. It’s why write this — who are you trying to help or empower? If being thin and healthy and skinny were that easy –EVERYONE would be. There is no snapping of your fingers, no magic pill and so many factors come into play when trying to figure out why someone is obese. Are there some that simply don’t want to get off their ass and do something about it? Yes — many actually, absolutely — but perpetuating thoughts and discussions about intolerance and discrimination have no value. Sharing words of hate or intolerance no matter what the topic has no place in the world.
It’s not that much different than what happened with the stupid Ark. board member who posted that mean spiritied, hate filled anti-gay rant – Yes, you can think whatever you want in this great country of America and you can for the most part even share it —but that doesn’t mean you should.
Think about your intentions before you put something out there — I don’t think that Marie Claire blogger, Maura Kelly did at all. People struggling with weight loss have enough media pressure, society pressures, self pressures –they don’t need to hear some random person with a public platform perpetuating more intolerance on their behalf.
The other day, my editor asked me, “Do you really think people feel uncomfortable when they see overweight people making out on television?”
Because I can be kind of clueless — I’m not much of a TV person — I had no idea what she was talking about, so she steered me to this CNN article, about the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. As CNN explains, “the show centers around a couple who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous group [and] has drawn complaints for its abundance of fat jokes [as well as] cries from some viewers who aren’t comfortable watching intimacy between two plus-sized actors.”
As you navigate and interact around the blogosphere, you begin to find your community. Communities that speak to you. One of the things I love is fashion and shopping. I have certainly been able to find a wealth of information out there on these topics. One of the blogs that I found and now has become a daily staple for me is Kim over at Anthroholic. She loves Anthropologie and takes the time to review their clothes and share it with all of us. She also is great at letting us know when things go on sale. Her style is so great and I really have been inspired by her.
Another great thing about visiting these blogs – from time to time, they give away free stuff. Kim is giving away a pair of sweet Kensie sunglasses! Click here to enter. 🙂