I’ve walked through a colon. Seriously. Colon Cancer Awareness Month

I was reading my usual t1d blog favourites and came across (Probably) Rachel’s new post about colon cancer. Her father was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at 46. He fought for four years before he passed away at age 50.
It got me thinking, “What do I know about colon cancer?”

Answer: Nothing really.

Then a lightbulb. I actually walked through a GIANT INFLATABLE colon before.

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada tours an enormous blow-up colon in malls, health centres, anywhere really. People can actually see, touch and walk through the inside of a colon and learn more about how this part of the body works.

Giant Colon Tour features Dr. Preventino, a fun loving puppet doctor that’s featured on TV screens inside. For photos, click here.

Here’s a short, great video on ANOTHER giant inflatable colon by Growing Bolder.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some great information on National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month here.

Here are some facts from their website:

  • Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
  • Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer include blood in or on the stool (bowel movement), stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away and losing weight and you don’t know why.
  • You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, then keep getting screened regularly until the age of 75. Ask your doctor if you should be screened if you’re older than 75.
Please spread the word and ask your friends and family if they have been screened.
Background photo courtesy of Rachel Kerstetter.

Background photo courtesy of Rachel Kerstetter.

The needle you don’t inject yourself. Flu shot anyone?

Another needle for you. Another for me.

Before my vacation I had a meeting with my diabetes team at the hospital. My nurse Sue said I HAD to get the flu shot.

“How about I get it after my trip? Last time I got the flu shot years ago I got very sick.”

I ended up getting it yesterday at my local Shoppers Drug Mart, almost a week since I returned back from my vacay. It took less than 10 minutes, quick and easy. I didn’t know this but now every Shoppers Drug Mart in Ontario offers the flu shot.

After my jab, I Instagramed this photo:

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Thank you to everyone who responded to my photo on IG! It was interesting, as I’m a newbie type one diabetic, to hear the wide range of comments about the flu shot. Some of you said you wouldn’t go without it and others made it clear you would never take it again.

A few months ago I came down with the flu and it was terrible. It was three weeks before I got back to my old self. The nasty bug also threw my half-marathon training out of whack. This was my first big sickness since getting diagnosed and the awful feeling was one I never wanted to experience again. That, coupled with my nurse’s advice, is why I decided to get the shot this year.

Does your diabetes team advocate for the flu shot? Do you take it? I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Sore arms (from today’s workout, not the shot),

Jessica