Just get it checked out!


I just saw a commercial about medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). At the beginning of this colorectal cancer busines, I firmly believed I had IBS.

When I FINALLY decided to get it checked out, I was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer in August 2015. But I had been sick long before that day.


According to what I have read, sometimes symptoms are developing for years before an official diagnosis. I remember having a tooth removed in March of 2012. I could not eat solid foods for about a month, and a remember telling my husband, Pepper, that the tooth problem has made my stomach feel better! At that time, my stomach would burn, and I would have issues with constipation and diarrhea. I would eat something and would have pain that I thought was gas. I knew something was going on, but I chalked a lot of it up to stress and eating on the run.

According to what I have read, sometimes symptoms are developing for years before an official diagnosis. I remember having a tooth removed in March of 2012. I could not eat solid foods for about a month, and a remember telling my husband, Pepper, that the tooth problem has made my stomach feel better! At that time, my stomach would burn, and I would have issues with constipation and diarrhea. I would eat something and would have pain that I thought was gas. I knew something was going on, but I chalked a lot of it up to stress and eating on the run.
In the meantime, I stopped eating anything too spicy. I noticed walking on the treadmill seemed to ease a few symptoms, and I got to the point I was walking up to an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, just to feel a little better.
I had convinced myself that if I would lose weight and exercise, I would feel better. And I did lose weight. Over the course of five years, I lost 100 pounds. Don’t get me wrong, I needed to lose the weight and was very proud of the accomplishment. It was a result of hard work and monitoring what I ate, but that wasn’t the whole story. My stomach was still bothering me and the diarrhea was out of control.

I would run to the restroom, and usually made it before having an accident. The diarrhea was starting to get out of control, but I quickly learned that if I didn’t eat much, I would not have a problem. If I had to go to Jackson or Tupelo for something, I would not eat breakfast or lunch just to make it home.

I didn’t think much of the pain at first. Eventually, I would be hurting so much that I would go home and immediately lay down on the bed and watch television, laying on a pillow to give a little pressure to my stomachache and with a heating pad on my behind for the pain in my tailbone. I would take two Advil and two Tylenol every four hours to help ease the pain (I am not saying that was a smart move, I am just saying that’s what I did. Please do not try this at home!) I would even wake up in the middle of the night –2 or 3 in the morning – and take Advil and Tylenol and curl up on the couch. There was a particular position I could lay in to help me get back to sleep.

I was exhausted all of the time. The pain was zapping my energy.

According to the research, “Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring cancer in the United States and nearly five percent of Americans will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime.” But it is a very preventable and curable disease if caught early.

If you are having symptoms, no matter what your age, but especially if you are 50+, get a colonoscopy. Don’t self-diagnose like I did.

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