O. K. So this isn't exactly a topic about music, or Garritan products, or instrumental library software related, BUT if one wants to live a long and healthy life composing music and use Garritan products and/or other instrumental libraries, please take a little time and effort and take care of yourself!!!
Just found out that my loving mother has a rather large growth in the sigmoid section of her lower intestine; and, NO, it ain't stool. The gastroenterologist, who will be doing her colonoscopy this coming Tuesday, seems to think that the growth is cancer. Already, this gastroenterologist has a surgeon lined up to take out this growth, this coming Tuesday, in the event it is what he "suspects it is".
Now. . . I love and adore my mother. She, like many other mothers in this world, has lived a hard life. She worked full-time and worked HARD up until the age of 71. So, this is the time of her life where she should be taking it easy. Like so many other hard-working mothers, she DESERVES to enjoy the rest of her life stress-free. And, up until a couple of weeks ago, she HAS been enjoying her life.
Actually, her symptoms (lower intestinal problems and pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, etc., etc.) started in January, so these past few months have been less than stress-free, I guess.
The last time she had a colonoscopy?? 30+ years ago!!
I know that having a tube several feet in length go up your butt is far from pleasant. But they give you drugs. . . HAPPY DRUGS!. . . to help you cope with this unpleasant experience! But this tube, this colonoscopy, can be a life saver!! They're looking for anything that's suspicious. It's usually some kind of polyp. The polyp may be cancerous or not, but it is not a healthy growth that belongs in your colon.
It is recommended that EVERYONE, age 50 or above, have this colonoscopy to screen out cancer. EVERYONE! It's that important! And depending on what they find and your family's history, they also recommend follow-up colonoscopies every 1 or 3 or 5 or so years thereafter.
It's that important!
It's MUCH, MUCH better to catch those tiny, suspicious polyps BEFORE larger problems occur. In other words, it is much, much better to undergo this admittedly unpleasant experience than experience the effects of full-blown cancer. Cancer sucks. The treatment for cancer, although possibly a life-save, also sucks! (I used to be an oncology nurse. I can honestly say that all of my patients did not enjoy the cancer nor its treatment against it! )
I sooooooooooooo do not want my mother to have to experience this horribleness. She does NOT deserve it! My heart is heavy with sadness to know that she will most likely have to undergo (at the very least) abdominal surgery (and its painful recovery), and possible chemotherapy. I think it's the chemotherapy that scares me the most. She already has lost 25+ pounds these past couple of months and has that much less reserve to cope with such treatments. UGH!!
So. . . . . Be good to yourself! Do a little "screening against cancer"! One significant way to screen against cancer is to have a simple (and admittedly unpleasant) procedure. Get the colonoscopy if you already haven't done so.
And. . . if you don't mind. . . please hold my mother in your thoughts and prayers.