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Old 02-25-2013, 07:30 PM
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So I had an eye opening experience today and fortunately it did not involve my family or fiance but it did hit close to home. My fiance and I are 27 and often feel as though there is no reason to worry about our long term health this early in our lives but then we got the news that another couple we know is not so lucky. The female, at the ripe old age of 25, was diagnosed with breast cancer and the mastectomy and chemo will be following in the next few weeks. They are both very active, lead VERY healthy lives, and she has no history of breast cancer in her family.


It made my fiance and I think that maybe that colonoscopy and endoscopy that my doc won't shut up about might need to happen sooner than later and the more regular trips to the OB for my fiance might not get put off so long. This was just out of the blue for us and I guess we both felt like we were too young.

There is not much to be said about it other than I am more concerned than ever about this kind of thing and my health over all needs to be more a priority. Slowing down on the Mt. Dew and laying off the smokes might be a good start.

Seems as though we are not as bulletproof as we once thought and bad things can happen to good people.

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The smoking will kill you. Its a slow suicide. There is no way to justify it. Quit for yourself and your family now.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Demeanor View Post
The smoking will kill you. Its a slow suicide. There is no way to justify it. Quit for yourself and your family now.
My wife is a surgeon, I think she put it best

" there are a lot worse things to worry about from smoking than dying young".
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yep I went for a check up last week, now in for a skin cancer appointment as the doc wasn't happy. Always thought I did the right thing, but not to sure now at the ripe old age of 35. Hope all goes well for you both, lifes too short for this crap.
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I was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma at the ripe age of 19. No moles, no freckles, no lesions. Just a tumor on the top of my head between my skull and scalp. 12 years later, still cancer free. Did a few surgeries and a bunch of chemo therapy. I can tell you from a first hand experience that it's scary shit. One day you think you're invincible, the next day, life slaps you right back into place. I can honestly say the most eye opening event of it all was and still is going to M.D. Anderson in Houston. So many people afflicted with so many different types of illnesses all directly related to cancer. I'm now never on the boat without sunscreen and long sleeve shirts.

Good luck to your friend, it's a life changing experience I don't wish upon anyone. I hope that she and her family make it through the tough times that lie ahead of them. They're gonna need good friends to help them through this tough time, make sure you make yourself available to them.
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My mother in laws sister went through very serious breast cancer treatment at 31. She's now 20 years cancer free.
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cancer knows no age it can attack all ages.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by ytmorris View Post
Slowing down on the Mt. Dew and laying off the smokes might be a good start.
No "might" about it, its a fact. Stop immediately and reap the instant benefits to quitting smoking. Its expensive, on your pocket and your health! "Slow suicide" was stated correctly. Google the Mt. Dew picture with the bag of sugar hanging underneath the can showing you how much sugar is in the drink, will make you throw up.
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...and get that colonoscopy done! Just had my first one and it was a piece of cake.
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Originally Posted by kone View Post
...and get that colonoscopy done! Just had my first one and it was a piece of cake.
The cleansing the day before is supposed to take care of that.



(I'm overdue... will be my 3rd one. Dad had to have a colon resection, so with a family history, I'm on the at least every three year plan. So far, so good, a couple of benign flat polyps removed.)
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Cancer is bad stuff. My wife was diagnosed with Stage 3A colon cancer at age 36. Non smoker, no family history...nothing. Surgery and chemo she is now cancer free going on her 3rd year. Every checkup she has is nerve wracking waiting for the results. Weve been blessed so far. She volunteers now in the chemo room at the cancer center, she just wants to be there for those who have to sit where she did. Get your colonoscopy its nothing but a good cleansing and some good drugs when they put you out. I enjoyed the peaceful nap.
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When I was 27 I thought I would live forever. Disease was for other people. I was a resident physician in training and all those sick people (even the young one's) were "patients."

After my kids came life became very precious. Every day I worried about their health and well being. I still do and they are in their mid 20's.

Now that I'm in my 60's I know every day I have without a major illness is pure luck. Along the way I picked up some valuable medical pearls I will share with all of you for free:

1. You can't jog or exercise yourself away from cancer. (at any age)
2. Your diet can't prevent your genetic's from clogging your arteries.
3. You avoid colonoscopy and other regular checkups at your peril

and finally...

4. If you are in good health, it's pure luck.

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