Mara Smith Love For Mara Smith

First post: 7/18/2017 Latest post: 7/28/2017
January 2017. What a warm winter. I didn't know then what I wish I didn't know now. I had to make dinner but needed the restroom a minute,there was a little blood in my stool. I didn't think much of it except I'd eaten too many prunes that morning, but I'm no doctor and it seemed a valid reason at the moment. After a day or two I was working. I care for an elderly couple who I've been with for 21 years and recently the wife's health care needs had changed quite a bit so life had changed dramatically for them and for myself in caring for them in their house. I wasn't feeling so great. I had stomach ache and seemed to need to go eliminate more often that day. By the end of the day I was gassy and had some loose bowels that day then I saw blood in my stool again.

I decided the blood in my stool wasn't right and when it didn't improve started to see a doctor.  They had me add fibre to my diet but that didn't improve things. I went through a couple of months of return visits and other ideas (stress, anxiety, caffeine).  A colonoscopy was suggested in March and April, and May, June, but I put that off until this past week.  I had a hundred reasons for putting it off.

I waited until I was extremely sick.  Now I have cancer.

I hope you will do two things.  Please pray for me and my family.  And don't YOU wait on getting to the doctor and getting a colonoscopy.  I wish I hadn't waited.

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 Mara’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
SVG_Icons_Back_To_Top
Top