There is nothing like the feeling after a tough workout. One of my favorite things about running is how you are continually able to redefine what you are capable of - what you can do. Putting in the work and feeling yourself getting faster, tougher, stronger, braver...it's awesome.
Now the not so good stuff - I got a call from the doctor today. I knew right away it wasn't good news, as he had said he would just send a letter with the biopsy results unless there was anything concerning.
It turns out that the polyps that were removed were precancerous (adenomas) although that wasn't the doctor's big concern. There was an area that he biopsied that he had told us about. He had thought it was an area that had been damaged from ischemia from running and was healing itself, and he had told us he wasn't worried about it. He biopsied it just to be sure, and it turns out that it too, was precancerous. Unlike the polyps, this area was not removed and from what I understand, the nature of it is more concerning.
I asked if there was anything to be done at this point and he said no. I asked if there was anything I should do differently or look out for and he said no. (He does not think that the runner's diarrhea has anything to do with this, and yes, the medicine still seems to really be helping with that). He said we would have to repeat the colonoscopy in no more than two years now, and he said, "You definitely have the gene."
He also said several times that he was completely shocked, and that I was very lucky I had had the colonoscopy done when I did and that we hadn't waited. In a way, you could say running may have literally saved my life.
My Dad had colon cancer in his mid-40's (now has a clean bill of health) and he went to the best doctors in NYC, so I will talk to him and see what his advice is, and I am also seeing my family doc to see if he recommends anything other than waiting another 18-24 months and repeating the colonoscopy.
To be 100% clear, I do NOT have colon cancer. I feel great (better than ever). I am in amazingly good health. I just have a warning sign that we are going to need to watch and monitor carefully. It's not the news I wanted, but I am grateful I am aware of it and can be proactive.
Now to end on a much more fun note - here is a big smile for you. It was crazy hair day at our elementary school today. Marcus and Shorty were both LONG overdue for a haircut, so they asked if we could give them fun haircuts for crazy hair day. Here is what Josh did!
|I pity the fool!!!|