Yes, I've been radio silent for about two weeks. In my other life I am the co-founder of an organization called BlogHer, and our annual shin-dig, BlogHer Conference '06 was last weekend. (Wow, already a week ago, I can't believe it.)
Anyway, I spent last week reading hundreds of post-BlogHer blog posts across the blogosphere. But I think I better get back to a broader perspective on life.
As it happens, I am spending this weekend at the Executive Board meeting of the California Democratic Party (where I represent my assembly district.)
In April I went to the state convention and Party Chairman Art Torres was unable to chair the convention, due to illness.
Today he's back, and he told us his story...
Art's mom, a breast cancer survivor, got a colonoscopy at age 87, so Art thought maybe he ought to do so. He had no pain, no symptoms, no nothing.
But he did have colon cancer. And the colonoscopy found it early.
He had very successful surgery to remove it, but was then felled by a post-surgical abdominal infection which nearly killed him.
Having got past that, he is now healthy, no chemo required, and he had this message for those of us gathered here at the EBoard meeting:
Many "killer" cancers are treatable...if caught early enough.
So get your mammograms, and your pap smears, and your colonoscopies.
What else? Help me out here...what are the best preventative screeinngs we all should do?