Joe'l Brenny

First post: Feb 23, 2017 Latest post: Sep 29, 2021
Have you ever had that feeling that something isn't right, something is off, feels wrong? Trust me when I say, trust your gut & go get it checked out. My mantra for years had been "I have a high tolerance for pain". Well, that's not always good when a dark & evil demon takes over in parts of your body & tries to do harm.

Last summer I started to experience frequent stomach and "bathroom" issues. Often when asked, "What's wrong?" my response would be "Nothing, my tummy hurts". Moving into fall, it began to feel like a cop-out, something I naturally said when I felt a bit off, tired or nauseous. Regardless of how I was feeling there was always something spinning below my belly button. Come winter things took a weird turn; I started having feelings of a butterfly in my lower abdomen (like when you first feel your baby moving) and a not so nice change in the workings of my digestive track. Now, some may wonder... was I pregos? Nope, we broke Dave years ago & then broke me too sooooo - impossible. Next, of course the natural thought turned back to something I ate or drank. Clive's... did you forget to clean your tap lines? Well, let's change to bottles or mixed drinks, no more beer for me. Nope, same results. Weird, wonder if I'm gluten intolerant or have Crohn's like my grandma. Hummmm, but why have I gained a lot of weight in the past six months, why am I so bloated? Gotta get all that checked out so FINALLY in January I had my first fateful appointment with dear Dr Bakke. Dr Bakke did what he does best, listened to me, noodled it a bit & made a recommendation to see a gastro/intestinal specialist. Gold star for you Dr Bakke. :) Inconclusive blood work & stool samples led to an endoscopy & colonoscopy. Minutes into the colonoscopy, the evil demon, a 5cm mass was found along with a couple little bastard buddies (2, 2, 4, 4 and 6mm polyps) that hadn't quite developed.

There we have it. Now we know.

CaringBridge is a nonprofit social network dedicated to helping family and friends communicate with and support loved ones during a health journey. Learn more about CaringBridge.

To interact with Joe'l’s website, sign in or register today.

By registering with CaringBridge, you will join over 300,000 people a day who are supporting friends and family members.

Sign In Or Register