Monday, February 17, 2014

Poop on a Stick......Cancer Stinks!

Light is the task where many share the toil.
                       Homer

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)

http://www.algomapublichealth.com/Default.aspx?l=,1,10,16,17

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!!!!!!

http://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/early-detection-and-screening/screening/screening-for-colorectal-cancer/?region=sk

 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

Later.

65 comments:

  1. I turn 50 this year so I know my doctor will be telling me it's time for a colonoscopy. Truly don't like the thought of pooping on a stick, but as you say it saves lives.

    Sending prayers and hugs to your friend for quick and positive outcome.

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  2. I've had two colonoscopies so far due to a wicked bout with crohn's, but have never been told about this poop test. I'll have to ask my doc about it. I make sure to do all the yearlies that I am supposed to at my age, but I'm sure there are many tests I am unaware of..this is one. Thanks Buttons, and best wishes, giant {{hugs}} and prayers sent to your dearest friend BA.

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  3. I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I'll be thinking of her, and hoping all the treatment is successful. I don't think they do the mail in test here. I had a colonopscopy 3 years ago.

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  4. My mom is a colon cancer survivor so I am well aware of the disease... sending healing thoughts to BA during this difficult time. xo

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  5. Big {{HUGS}} and good thoughts to BA for her treatment. My ex-husband had colon cancer. He had surgery 10 years ago and has been fine ever since. Tell BA it CAN be beat!

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  6. I am sorry to hear about your friend. I am with you, Cancer Stinks!!

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  7. Oh, what awful news. I'm so sorry to hear that your friend is sick. I'm glad she is a strong person. Hugs to both of you and positive thinking all around.
    I've never heard of this test before, and I'm off to check into it. Thank you so much for the info.

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  8. I am so sorry about your friend B. Keeping her in my prayers. Thank you for the kindly reminder.

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  9. Buttons, thank you for spreading the word! I will eventually lose a dear friend, one who got me into Ham Radio years ago. He had late stage colon cancer...they chopped it out ok, but it had spread to his liver anyways. Not it is in his lungs. It will kill him, sooner than later.

    Because of him, I got 'scoped several years ago. Good thing I did, as the 2 polyps were pre-C. My follow up screening 3 years later was polyp free. Now I am on a 5 or a 10 year screening regimen. I finally made DH get screened. He had a boatload of polyps, some were pre-C too. He was ok on his 12mo followup screening thankfully.

    The colonoscopy is the gold-standard of screenings. Get one. I am glad we did.

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  10. I have tossed off doing this test so many times...the next time I see the doctor and she hands me "the envelope" I promise I'll take the time to do the test. Thanks BA and my prayers and thoughts are with you.

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  11. This really resonates with me, as my father was diagnosed with colon cancer in October. Early testing saves lives. Thank you for posting this Buttons.

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  12. Thank you for all the info, I will keep your friend in your prayers. I am so sorry.

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  13. Big hugs to your friend. My husband and I both have colonoscopies done. I is no fun, but much better than not knowing - in this case, ignorance is not bliss.

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  14. Cancer is so scary. It is good to get the word out as often as possible. I've had so many family members suffer through this.

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  15. What a timely, valuable post. I hope it reaches thousands of people. I will keep your friend in my prayers.

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  16. well...i'm just going to say it "cancer sucks"!!!! can we PLEASE find a cure, pretty please!!

    she is lucky to have you as a friend b, i know you will be there for her through all of it!!

    lot's on that plate of yours b, take care of you as well!!

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  17. and i am also thinking there will be lot's of hats in your future ;)

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  18. Sorry to read about BA and wish her all the best, early Dx can turn things around-we do have free screening here and are encouraged to participate, in fact, we received our reminders Friday...good of you to encourage all of us to get current with CC and the testing...

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  19. Hugs to BA for still thinking about others by helping to educate us while going through a tough time herself. I am grateful to her for this. I wish her all the best. Thank you .
    Cancer does stink my dad had it .
    Willow

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  20. i am sorry that your sweet friend has to face all of this. my oldest sister went through surgery, then chemo a couple of years ago for this, but has received good screenings since. i know BA will do well with her treatments - she is strong like her friend buttons. :)

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  21. As a cancer survivor I cannot urge enough that your readers take every precaution that they can to avoid cancer. These tests are not free in the US, In fact they are expensive but most insurance here pays for it.

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  22. I am so sorry to his this about your friend . I hope they can find treatment and relief for her . She will be in our hearts and thoughts and prayers that this can be beat .

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  23. I am so sorry about your friend's diagnosis. God bless you, BA, and I will be holding healing thoughts for you. Thank you and Buttons for spreading the word. I have the paperwork at home to fill out for a colonoscopy. I have had it for 6 months and keep putting it off. Won't do that anymore.

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  24. This is a terrific reminder.

    I don't think we have a postal way to provide us the test you mention here in the U.S. - too bad - your way sounds smart - and non scary.

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  25. That does stink! Prayers and thoughts to our bff and you. I pray she kicks this in the butt, and has a speedy recovery.
    Cheri

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  26. What a great message. I hope your friend feels good and I wish her all the very best while she fights and wins!

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  27. I've had colonoscopies and my doc checks my stool, at my yearly appointment.

    And I've had to do the poop-on-a-stick thing too!

    So true. Keep it checked.

    Best of luck to your friend...

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  28. I don't know if we have poop test available here, but I know they offer colonoscopies which I have not done yet. If you don't mind me asking, what were her symptoms? Many hugs to your friend. Thanks for the warning message.

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  29. I am so sorry to hear about your friend and their diagnosis. I do believe in the necessary tests...:)JP

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  30. I'm so sorry for your friend's plight. I will pray for her. I'm not sure why people are so embarrassed to have such tests performed. We all poop. Those who perform the tests have chosen that field so it obviously doesn't offend them. Get it done people ... keep yourself healthy! You are solely responsible to keep your body at its best.

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  31. I am so sorry to hear about your friend's diagnosis. But I'm happy that you spread this message and let everyone know how important screening is. Early detection is so important! I will keep your dear friend in my prayers.

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  32. I am sad to hear what has happened to BA. This is nowhere near fun. And it will take a fair amount of "treating." Sigh!

    Ironically, I was supposed to have received a test kit a while back. It never arrived. And now I have a letter rending me that I have not sent my test kit back. Actually, no, I haven't received it. Yet. It will take another phone call. Today.

    BTW, Bossy2 looks elegant in her hat. (That is Bossy2, isn't it?)

    Blessings and Bear hugs all round!

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  33. I'm so sorry to hear about your life-long friend, Buttons. I hope her treatments go as smoothly as can be expected. In NS we get our first screening tests automatically in the mail the year of our 50th birthday. Thanks for posting this important message.xoxo and an extra for your friend xoxo

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  34. Such an important message, Buttons! I have long since passed that "magic age" and have had four colonoscopies. Sending the best of wishes to BA for treatment!

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  35. What a great reminder post Buttons. Thank you. You and your friend are on my mind.

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  36. Oh, I am sorry for your friend, I hope she is doing okay. I have a family history of this, and get tested regularly. This is a very important message to share!

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  37. Sending healing thoughts for your friend. These tests are ones we put off, but as you say, in the long run, better to make time and be cleared for good health then wait for more severe treatment.

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  38. all the best to your dear friend! my dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer several months ago, but is doing well. i hope BA has loads of love and support, and comes out of this even stronger and healthier! thank her for sharing with all and spreading the word.
    *hugs*

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  39. You're such a warm and supportive friend Dear B.
    Very good advice too - those checks are available here in Australia too and I feel we are all so lucky to be living in countries that provide them.
    Have sent a message to your dear friend.
    Cheerio for now :D) xx

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  40. I feel sad for your friend. She must be so scared. My best pal had colo rectal cancer. She had radiation and chemo. but managed to avoid surgery thank goodness!
    I come from a family with all sorts of bowel diseases. Had my first colonoscopy last year. It was a piece of cake. If your DR suggests it, GO FOR IT.

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  41. I am sorry for your friend. Cancer is scary, but beatable! Thoughts and prayers to her x

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  42. Sending positive thoughts and vibes to your friend. Cancer is beatable!

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  43. I've had annual check ups since I was 45. they always include an occult blood test( or as I call it "the shit test")Colonoscopies are not pleasant but are well worthwhile. Yes get these tests.

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  44. Thanks, Buttons for sharing this post!! You are 100 % correct...what is a little embarrassment now, for a screening test that could save your life! Hugs and prayers for your friend BA!

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  45. B,

    Sending prayers and hugs to BA. You will beat this because you're not just B's friend. You're our friend as well.

    In the gynecologist office here where I reside, they take fecal samples after completing the pap smear and HPV test.

    On my next birthday, just months away I will make several appointments as birthday gifts to myself colonoscopy,uterine & cervical cancer, and skin cancer. These along with other tests are done routinely every year or two.

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  46. I have all the checks done yearly. The poop smear is not my fave, but absolutely necessary.
    BA, never give up, cancer can be beaten. Sending hugs and healing thought your way.

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  47. Sad to hear about your best friends disease.
    Will think of her in our prayers. Let all the treatments get good and she will be ok soon.

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  48. both my sister and my boyfriend are colon cancer survivors!! Yay for them!! What a great idea for an easy test.

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  49. I need to schedule a colonoscopy. ugh!! xo Laura

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  50. prayers for your friends recovery buttons....

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  51. Here in BC, the poop on a stick test was readily availabe years ago. For some reason the docs here don't seem to give out these tests as much as they used to. I have been on a wait list close to two years. I am now waiting four more months to get the colonoscopy since I saw the specialist late January. There is a huge wait list even though I have a history of colon problems in the family.

    Please send hugs and best wishes to your friend, iI will take note of the email addy to send some hugs. Thanks for sharing this very important info.

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  52. Sending prayers for positive results and healing to your buddy. She sounds strong like her friend B... Hang in and bless you for spreading the word about early detection.

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  53. Do this every year, almost. I am sending all the healing thoughts I can muster to your dear friend.

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  54. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend and I hope her treatments will be successful and that this was caught early thanks to the test. I had a colonoscopy last summer. No one sends out tests like that here in the US, but people can ask their doctor for referral for that kind of test. I had those when I was younger. I wrote about three sick friends on Sunday, there seems to be so much going on.

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  55. Hugs to BA!!!! Cancer is sneaky, and silent, and easier when it's caught early. Hugs to you too, Miss Buttons! Thank you for the reminder!
    Hugs!
    Mandi

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  56. So sorry to read about your friend.
    Hope all goes well.
    We have screening here too.
    Hugs M xox

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  57. Give your friend my best wishes to recover fully from this awful disease. We did the free postal test but I think we only get the one free one and then we must organise our own tests after that. How often should it be done? Every year I guess.

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  58. Terribly sorry to hear about your friend. A friends of ours several years ago had the same problem. It took a long time but she eventually recovered fully from the op etc. has since begun a wonderful new marriage and hasn't looked back. I hope you friends' family are also having colonoscopies.
    Our pharmacies in Perth supply 'kits' each year which we then return to the pharmacy (when the deed is done) and we then are sent results of the tests. All free on behalf of our government. A wonderful idea that everyone should take advantage of.

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  59. Best wishes and prayers to your friend that the "C" word will be kicked to the curb!

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  60. So sorry, Buttons - for your friend and her family - and for you. Nobody likes to see someone they love going through this terrible disease. Sending lots of positive thoughts. Hugs xo Karen

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  61. *hugs* to you and your friend, BA...glad she is spreading the word through you. I having been stick pooping for almost 10 years now...
    Like you, a friend of mine developed colon cancer and made a similar plea to us to go forth and educate. Prior to that my mantra was check your boobies...now I preach both!
    Sending blissings and blessing to BA and wishes for a full recovery...

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  62. Big Hugs to your friend, my brother had colon cancer,found out in 2000 he's in great shape now, 57 going on 35, he beat it, and I know your friend will as well...I send her the best health vibration and will pray for her the way I pray for my brother everyday....the Sun will keep on shinning on you, I have no doubt my very very best wish dear woman, plus you have a great friend in Buttons and we I am sure will join her in getting you healthy prayers they are more powerful than one can ever imagine Blessings and hugs BA

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  63. Grace I just saw this post now for some reason, I missed it before.
    I so hope your friend has remarkable positive progress with over coming this.
    I lost my older sister 5 years ago at the age of 54 .. she died less than 7 months from the initial diagnoses. Even though it has been quite a few years .. I think I am still in shock due to strained family relationships .. non-relationships really. So I never found out until I tried to contact her .. 4 years too late .. hard to explain the situation but there it is .. so many unresolved feelings. It causes a riot in my brain any time I try to think of it.
    In any case .. glad to hear your friend has so much support.
    I wish only the best for her.
    And yes .. I had the big test to make sure I didn't have it.
    Joy

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