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It’s My Birthday
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
It’s My Birthday! It’s My Birthday! Guess what…I am getting OLD! How wonderful is that…never will I complain about it again…getting old is a gift…a gift that I almost had taken away! So from now on I will celebrate. I will eat my cupcakes, I will say yes to dinners out, I will appreciate all those around me who make my life so special everyday!
I do find it very interesting March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month…and my birthday Monday. Along with that, I happen to be shooting a video clip today for the Shawnee Mission Cancer Center. It is interesting that it is all falling together at the same time. I think God is trying to tell me something…I think he wants me to be speaking up…speaking out…bringing awareness!
You can read my entire cancer journey story here
I won’t bore you with the whole thing again but I will touch on a few points and why I believe God is speaking to me so I will SPEAK UP! In the past…I haven’t taken the best care of myself. Don’t get me wrong…I don’t treat myself poorly…I just don’t listen to my body. I eat fairly decently (except for my candy problem), I am pretty active, I don’t smoke, barely drink and so on. But, I don’t take the time to rest…I make excuses for why I can’t take a break, go to the doctors, etc. I have a history of a bad back with some disc problems…I don’t slow down with my work load, I move furniture, I pick up kids, I don’t stretch and I don’t rest. So when I started having pain in my lower abdomen I didn’t slow down enough to acknowledge it really. I didn’t have time to “deal” with it. The pain came and went, it didn’t last long, it wasn’t as bad as my back pain. I ignored it. I remember one time about 9 months before I was diagnosed having quite a bit of blood in my stool…but I didn’t think much of it….it was one time…so I moved on. When I started seeing small traces of blood in my stool on a regular basis I still didn’t think much of it. I was working out pretty hard…changed my diet a bit…figured it was from that. Thankfully I asked about my pain at my yearly exam…and my very smart doctor sent me in for a colonoscopy. What if I would have continued to ignore it? I had already gone at least 18 months pushing it off. What if I would have mentioned it right away? So many what ifs…but no one can live with WHAT IFS.
That is why I want to spend this month sharing information….spreading awareness about Colon Cancer…hoping that at least ONE person will acknowledge their symptoms, their pain, their what ifs and get screen! #screeningsaves
So for my birthday I ask for a gift! A gift from you!
All month long GO BLUE FOR COLON CANCER don’t forget to FACEBOOK, TWEET, PIN & INSTAGRAM!
#coloncancer #dressinblue #never2young #coloncancermonth #strongarmselfie #timetofight #letsdothis #crcselfie #screeningsaves #loveyourbutt #screenthis
And lets not forget this AWESOME GIVEAWAY!
Coming to you from my girl Leslie Dohrn and her newest venture HOWARD + DOHRN !
It’s no secret I love me some Stella & Dot and Leslie has found the perfect GO BLUE item to giveaway to all of you awesome supporters and GO BLUE peeps!
The giveaway starts today and you can create entries thru March 15th! Good Luck and go share some COLON CANCER AWARENESS!