(of course, you may need insurance for it to do so)
Last fall, I began some investigative tests with my PCP as to why my leg hurt. I had this incredible constant pain in my leg.
We decided to start with a blood test by checking my muscle enzymes
My Doctor called my back and said that my enzymes were okay, but I was anemic - had I had any excessive bleeding? Say, vomiting, or rectally? The answer was yes, and for some time now.
She encouraged me (although I am under 50) to get a colonoscopy. They don't hurt any more, they put you to sleep, and males aren't supposed to be anemic, so we should check it out.
I was unemployed, and we managed to schedule it for the last day before my COBRA ran out.
We hadn't expected much other than a bad hemmorrhoid or something, but found a tumor, 8 to 10 cm tall, 3 to 4 years in the making, for Stage III cancer.
Since then has been a fight against cancer, and thank god we found it during COBRA - but if we had been any of the ones either uninsured, or who choose to not take cancer (at least get Major Medical you guys!) we'd be screwed. I've had surgery and am still doing chemo - it's not over yet.
Pt.1: Colonoscopies are not to be afraid of. They put you to sleep. You don't even know what happened. Pt.2: You GOTTA have insurance. Otherwise you will miss the test that saves your life, and the death panel that judges you - God's death panel.
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