I couldn’t ride the bike for a few days before the colonoscopy due to the prep and couldn’t ride for a few days after because it took a lot out of me. Then I found that I had to have another one in a month. Damn. Seems there is a spot that they want to look at again. The doctor is sure it isn’t cancer but wants to stay on top of things. So I will miss a week of riding from the 9th to the 14th. Oh well.
Coincidentally my first cousin just had genetic testing. She had colon cancer, as did our grandfather, her father and brother (and my two brothers and sister). Thankfully she is well now. Turns out she has Lynch Syndrome or Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer Syndrome (HNPCC). It is a mutation in the MSH2 gene. It all makes sense now. Men with Lynch Syndrome have a 60% to 80% lifetime risk of colorectal cancer and women have a 40% to 60% lifetime risk of endometrial cancer.
It’s important that everyone in the family gets genetic testing. I’ll be in contact and getting the word out.
I’ve had a great deal of stress lately but that’s over now. It’s time to get back on the bike.