Shall we grab our cuppa’s & get comfy for our time together my friend!
As we’re sitting enjoying our tea I’ll tell you all about a journey hubby & I have been traveling lately.
Sharing the good, the bad & the ugly of it.
But first a little background
If you join me here often you’ll know that over the last few years I’ve made some simple changes to my lifestyle for a better health outcome.
Especially since receiving the shock diagnosis of insulin resistance.
As I was already living with several Chronic health conditions I didn’t want another added to the list!
So by implementing simple changes to my lifestyle (mainly changes to diet & increased walking) brought about some amazing results. Completely reversing that insulin resistance!
While these new lifestyle measures can’t cure the chronic conditions I have. They truly help me to cope better within them.
Thus, I continue to take positive & preventive steps for my overall health care.
Which brings me to today’s sharing…
The Good…The Test
Here in Australia we have an amazing Public Healthcare system.
Something I am truly grateful for…
In 2006, our Federal government initiated a National screening program for Bowel Cancer. Which is open to all Australian citizens over a certain age.
The test is sent in the mail with clear instructions for collection & subsequent return of the samples to the pathology lab.
All done by mail…Simple & Easy!
The test is completely free & sent every two years to all those who choose to participate.
And the Lab results are mailed directly back to you.
My results have always returned a ‘Negative’ result which means nothing suspicious was detected. Yay!
The Results…The Good & the Bad
This year I received my results in the mail as per normal…
However this time it wasn’t a ‘Negative’ but a ‘Positive‘ result.
A Bowel cancer test with a positive result! Hmmmm!
Which meant microscopic traces of blood had been detected where there should not have been any blood!
This came as a bit of a shock but always the eternal optimist I thought it may just have been related to another condition.
However, my physician wasn’t convinced that it had anything to do with that condition & organised a Colonoscopy for further investigation.
The Good, the bad & the ugly…The Prep
It came time for the necessary prep for the Colonoscopy.
Of which my entire body objected & reacted to the Prep medication! A rather nasty reaction… apparently this can happen for some people!
I finally made it to the hospital in plenty of time for the procedure, fully prepped.
The medical team were wonderful & I slept through the entire procedure due to the anesthesia.
Once out of recovery & allowed to have something to eat.
The findings were explained to me in detail by one of the medical team with a copy of the report to take home.
I was absolutely gobsmacked to hear that something suspicious had been found , surgically removed & sent to the lab! And a few other conditions discovered.
You see I had convinced myself that there wasn’t anything serious to find (remember I’m an eternal optimist)!
And suddenly I realised that these conditions had all been growing in hiddenness.
I was totally unaware they were even there!
While one of these conditions had been symptomatic.
Those symptoms had been quickly put down to an already existing condition!
What’s secretly growing in our lives?
This experience has given hubby & I much food for thought.
That’s why he encouraged me to share our journey with you today.
Our thoughts have been…
Is there anything growing in our hearts that may be hidden from our awareness?
Ugly things like bitterness, jealousy, resentment or unforgiveness festering?
Which give certain behavioral symptoms at times but are easily put down to existing conditions.
Conditions like weariness, stress, anxiety, fatigue, hormonal changes or going through life changing events!
All these things if not addressed will keep growing & turn very ugly indeed.
Just as cancer can spread throughout our entire body before we realise it!
Toxic emotions can completely consume our hearts & take over our lives!
Don’t you think it’s time to shine the Light on those hidden ‘toxic emotions’ that poke their ugly heads up when we least expect it!
That really do need healing by the Great Physician!
I can happily share that the results from pathology did reveal that the Gastroenterologist suspicions were founded, as it was precancerous.
However, it hadn’t yet morphed into full blown cancer. Yay!
Hubby & I are praising God for the National Bowel Cancer Screening program, a wise physician, an alert Gastroenterologist & answer to our prayers! 🤗
When is the last time you had a check up my friend, physically, emotionally & spiritually?
This is the first post in a new series, Hidden, the second installment is Are you just Going through the motions of life?
Until next time,
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