I'm talking about the promise we made that when we turned the magical age of 50, we would do the screenings that can help prevent cancer from starting or spreading.
After all, we go to the dentist twice a year . . . . . we get flu shots . . . . . I get an annual mammogram . . . . . I take allergy shots . . . . . we get our eyes examined . . . . . . why should it stop there?
I am a firm believer in taking charge of your health and doing everything you can to prevent problems. I'm not one of those who would rather not know until it's too late! I've seen what cancer does to a family, and it is not something you ever want to experience!
So, I promised Ted that if he got a colonoscopy when he turned 50, that I would do the same when I turned 50.
He fulfilled his promise several years ago.
And yes, I'm only two years late on keeping the promise. I can forgive myself because those two years were like a whirlwind in our lives. And just when did I turn 50? I'm sure that I'm still in my 40's!
As I was driving home from getting my hair layered yesterday (and yes, Ted liked it, and yes, I figured out how to make it look the same today), I saw a billboard that read:
98% of colon cancers can be cured!
Well, the truth is they can be cured if they are caught in time. Katie Couric knows all too well what happens when they aren't caught in time.
So, even though this isn't a subject anybody likes talking about, I hope you will add getting a colonoscopy to your list of things to do when you turn 50! The good news is you only have to get one every 10 years - if only the gynocologist visit was like that!
I'll be getting mine on Friday.