Today is Rachael’s 9th Anniversary with Walk with a Doc.
Thank you, my friend. You have been nothing short of exceptional.
It’s also National Colorectal Awareness Month!
This being NCAM, we wanted to try something entirely new for the newsletter. Literally, as we speak, I am currently in an endoscopy suite, lying on my left hip as I type on my laptop (something they strongly warned me *not* to do).
Last night’s prep was easy and Dr. Thompson has already given me 5mg of Versed and 50mcg of Fentanyl, so now I’m feeling fun.
Or funny? Fun, I’m feeling fun.
Anyway, the WWAD staff wanted to raise awareness for the benefits of exercise in preventing/fighting colon cancer. So, we contacted…
I guess we’ve started.
Soooo, umm, we contacted Dr. Thompson who was…was…was…was willing to help us out today. Thank you, Dr. Thompson.
If he wasn’t currently focused on other things, Dr. Thompson would tell you that major studies have been definitive in this area. They have shown that people who exercise the most are 24% less likely to develop colon cancer than people who exercise the least. And amazingly, they studied people…
HOLY MOTHER OF…!
YOU MINING FOR BITCOIN IN THERE?!!
Excuse me….wow! I’m sorry.
They studied people who have had Stage III colon cancer and received surgery and follow-up chemotherapy. Those that walked six hours a week (between 2.0 and 2.9 miles/hr) were almost 50% more likely to be alive and free of cancer than those who were less active. 50%! Are you kidding me? What’s amazing about exercise is there are dozens of other diseases where the benefit can match or surpass these incredible findings.
Maybe it’s the Versed talking, but isn’t exercise miracle drug kind of stuff?
“That’s it, David. Your study is done.
Nurse Seymour is going to help you down from the ceiling and I’ll be back in a few minutes.”
“Wow. That wasn’t too bad. Thanks, Dr. Thompson! And to think I was worried about my colonoscopy…”
Disclaimer: David was not given any sedation for this fictional colonoscopy. He does hope that everybody that should be screened gets tested. This newsletter is dedicated to all our patients and friends fighting this battle and exhibiting tremendous bravery as they do so.
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