Kurt Barbour KBarbour

First post: Apr 12, 2017 Latest post: May 24, 2017
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For somebody out there, my own PSA might save a life.
If you're 50yo, it's time to get a colonoscopy, regardless of whether or not you have symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms (Google them) for goodness sakes, go talk to your Dr about getting one. Here's a quick reminder of my story...

DON'T BE LIKE ME.  I thought I was invincible. I was 47 yrs old and running 4-6 miles/day. Physically fit & hadn't seen a medical Dr for anything but a nagging lower back injury in 20 years.  "Kurt can't get cancer", I thought to myself.  At the time of My colonoscopy & diagnosis(47), I had been ignoring what I now know were clear signs & symptoms of CRC for 6-9 months. I was constantly tired.  I was exhausted & out of breath after walking up a flight of stairs, losing weight, had a burning sensation in my stomach and experiencing changes in my bowel.  I had convinced myself the burning sensation was an ulcer and there was no way I was asking a Dr for a colonoscopy. By the time of my colonoscopy and diagnosis, I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer.(I have no idea what stage it might have been 6-9 months earlier, but I do know it couldn't have been any worse!)   As I type this, I'm at KU getting prepped for a radiation treatment this morning and will follow that up next Wed with my 73rd chemotherapy treatment. 

I have lots of friends turning 50 this year. Please, If you or your spouse are 50 yrs old or experiencing symptoms at any age, go make an appt to discuss a colonoscopy. Remember, DON'T BE LIKE KURT. Don't put off getting a colonoscopy. 

Do me a big favor and message or text me when you've made an appt for yourself &/or spouse to get or discuss a colonoscopy. I'd like to think I made a difference. - Kurt #fightcrc, #80by2018, #strongarmselfie,

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