“If Your Hand Doesn’t Fit, You Must Quit”
by Jamison Koehler on January 23, 2011
My wife and I went horseback riding shortly before Christmas. When I had trouble mounting the horse because my hamstrings were so tight, I knew that the time had come for me to pay more attention to my overall health, and I finally accepted my wife’s invitation to go with her to yoga class. I am proud to say that I am no longer the most inept practitioner there, although my wife does tell me I shouldn’t grimace so much: My facial expressions are apparently drawing the concern of the instructors.
Speaking of grimacing, and consistent with this new health push, I also went for my first colonoscopy last week. Since this topic could fall into the category of “too much information” (and in selecting a picture for this entry, I think I will go with the yoga), I will simply say that the procedure itself is quick and painless. The only problem is the day before in which you need to purge your system.
I have Katie Couric to thank for drawing attention many years ago to the importance of colonoscopies in minimizing the risk of colon cancer and other disorders, with periodic screenings recommended for everyone upon reaching the age of 50. (People with a family history of colorectal cancer, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease or other risk factors should begin earlier.) Accounting for 655,000 deaths worldwide per year, colon cancer is the fourth most common form of cancer in the United States and the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the Western World. Early detection also makes it one of the most preventable forms of cancer.
With my massive readership at this blog, this is my attempt to pay it forward. Katie Couric can thank me later.