There are a few must-do things in life that are as important as they are disagreeable. Colonoscopy surely ranks near the top. Even more so when both spouses do it the same day at an age when life-changing sicknesses are all around us. The risk that one of us might get bad news is doubled on that particular day and 50% success will still turn both lives upside down.
I have lost one of my best friend to colon cancer and one of our closest friend is currently bravely facing this disease.
So when we recovered enough from sedation to be able to read Dr. Friedman’s note saying, for Suzanne and me, “next exam in 10 years”, we both realized our luck at what is, after all, a lottery and how thankful we should be.
And how we should celebrate life and live it as much as we can, seeking the best ways to enjoy what remains, being loving and helpful to each other, our family, friends and other people, and contributing positively to society given our respective capabilities.