Light is the task where many share the toil.
Now that I have grabbed your attention this is not a laughing matter. Please read this it may save your life and you owe that to yourself and everyone who loves you.
I hung up the phone with tears in my eyes after listening to my best friend since we were five years old BA share with me what her doctor had just finished sharing with her only an hour before. After weeks and weeks of appointments and tests and worry, there was finally a diagnosis…. Colorectal Cancer.
I promised her that I would write a story to beg all of you out there to learn more about the screening we are so very lucky to have provided for free here in Ontario and hopefully help you realize that this is not something we should ignore because it may be a little “embarrassing”. This is your life and there is nothing embarrassing about that.
So where does this Poop on a Stick thing come from?
For those of you who are not lucky enough to live here in Ontario or those of you who have never opened that reminder letter from your doctor and took advantage of that free testing kit that you can pick up at your doctor’s office I am going to tell you. There is a little secret that I am going to share here today something that is very important and could possibly save lives if everyone knew and understood. I am going to try my best to let you in on it.
The postal system here in Ontario Canada is full of little foil packages. Samples of fecal matter or in layman’s terms Poop. Yes it is true, do not worry or run from your mailbox to go wash your hands, it is securely sealed and there is no chance of you ever getting involved with the whole thing. Those little packages are saving lives all over Ontario. Yes a simple three day test called A Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)
This free test may require a bit more of your time and a little more effort in your morning routine as you take samples on a long stick and then smear a small sample of fecal matter (Poop) on a divided into three section completely sealed panel, then seal it in a foil pouch and then finally slip the whole finished three day process in a sealed envelope and drop this life saving package in the mail. All you have to do now is to wait for a letter with the results. We have always joked in our house after receiving that letter that “We passed” and that is a good thing.
|Photo credit Cancer Care Ontario|
My friend BA told me that there is nothing “embarrassing” about any of the testing involved be it that Fecal Occult Blood Test or a Colonoscopy (if you need further testing or are over the age of fifty or have a history of Colorectal Cancer in your family history, your Doctor will advise). It is nothing like the “embarrassing” when you have to go through what she is going through and facing right now.
There is Radiation and Chemo and then a surgery in the near future that will no doubt change her life but she will get through this because she is the toughest girl I know. She wants/needs you to know that this is something you have to do. You owe it to yourself and everyone that loves you. You are the only one that can take care of this and you have to make the time. I admire BA so much for thinking of all of us while she is going through this and that is why I am sharing this with all of you today. She needs you to know.
Even if you think there is not enough time in your day right now and you will get to it someday please know this.
Imagine the time you will be using later on sitting in a Cancer Clinic Waiting Room five days a week for five weeks or more after you have trudged through the snow and were lucky enough to find and pay for parking, waiting in a waiting room that is increasingly more crowded every year and realizing that sometimes your appointment time will be running late with delays and there is nothing you can do about it, for those “embarrassing” treatments that could have possibly been avoided by taking a little time now for free.
Then think about the fact there may be surgeries and healing time and not to mention the money you will be spending on drugs and treatments you thought were covered with our Ontario health plan a fact you came to find out during this difficult enough time; that was indeed a myth. Not everything is covered if you are not lucky enough to have a private health plan, check that out too. I was amazed I believed this myth. Get out there and use our free testing. Educate yourself.
READ THIS YOU HAVE TO KNOW!!!!!!
Early detection is the KEY.
So let us all make an effort to fill the Postal System with Poop and save lives. What are you waiting for?
I love you BA and you are going to kick this Cancer Thing to the curb I have no doubt. Cancer Stinks. HUGS HUGS
If you would like to send HUGS to my best friend since we were five years old BA and thank her for thinking of all of us during her, and not to forget her awesome supportive family, at this difficult time and taking the time to share this extremely important message please leave a comment. I know she would appreciate it, even if she will probably be “embarrassed” by all the attention.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
PICK UP THE PHONE; What are you waiting for? Spread the word TELL YOUR FRIENDS! Hugs B