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Cancer Sucks!

I know it’s not really traditional for a business’s blog to share pretty personal information, but I’m going to.

I already shared that for the month of October 25% of all sales at Kawaii McHaven will go to the Colon Cancer Alliance. Typically I donate 15% of all sales to a charity/cause, but this one is extremely close to my heart.

My aunt has colon cancer and, let me tell you, she is one heck of a warrior! She is embracing life and is not taking any moment…any second for granted. I am so proud of who she is and I’m in awe of her amazing strength.

Exactly one year ago today – October 14, 2016 – one of the most important men in my life passed away. My 2nd father…my grandpa. In September of last year he was admitted into the hospital due to severe abdominal pain. They ran tests and performed a colonoscopy and it turned out that he had colon cancer. To make a long story short, he had surgery and he then deteriorated very rapidly. He was never discharged from the hospital until right at the very end when he was transferred to Hope Hospice. And, as I said, on October 14th he passed away. They estimate that he had colon cancer for at least ten years. He had never had a colonoscopy before the one they used to diagnose him.

Now that I’ve shared that personal info, I’m going to share some extremely important information. The CDC recommends that adults aged 50-74 have a colonoscopy every 10 years. Those over age 74 can basically decide if they want to continue having them or not. The timeline and frequency change if you have any of the risk factors the CDC lists (click here for list).

Please don’t put off having a colonoscopy if your doctor is or has recommended it. It can literally save your life.

And, if you’re able and feel led to do so, please make a donation to the Colon Cancer Alliance.