Terry Fox Run - 30 years later
What an inspirational day we having. We have Fred Fox, Terry Fox's older brother, at our school today and he did a talk of what it was like growing up with Terry as a brother. Throughout it he talked about how Terry was pretty average and because he wanted to excel, he always worked harder.
It is also 10 years this month that I was diagnosed with cancer, only 2 weeks before the Portland Marathon which I had been training for. Anyway, I did my marathon the weekend before I had my operation.
I always like to use something like this as an opportunity to encourage women to go get their annual pap smears done, they save lives and they make treatment easy. I had a simply surgery on Friday and was able to be back at work by the following Wednesday and I have never needed any follow-up. It is something less then 1 in 1000 women who actually end up dying from cervical cancer when women go for routine pap smears.
If a woman thinks something is wrong and goes to the doctor because something feels wrong, now she is in a battle for her life and something like 1/3 of the cervical cancers found this way result in death and they have often spread by the time a woman realizes something is wrong.
So, yeah, it is cold, uncomfortable, but it is over soon for pap smears, and guys, same deal goes for the prostate. Annual screen makes a huge difference.