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How Running May Have Saved My Life

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The story begins with burning and pain... and ends with the results of a colonoscopy. LET'S GET THIS PART STRAIGHT, THOUGH: The Doctor's report is not a diagnosis. It is NOT the end of the road. It is NOT a stop sign or a stop light. It is NOT the final word. This IS a warning sign like -- SCHOOL ZONE AHEAD, SLOW DOWN, SPEED HUMP AHEAD, SHARP CURVE AHEAD, SLIPPERY WHEN WET.
     If you follow me on Instagram Twitter or Facebook, then you know I am a runner. I'm not the  fastest runner. I'm not an elite runner. But I like to run. I like to compete. I run for good health, to meet new people, to be outside in nature... and hopefully to inspire someone I know to pursue their own good health. 
      But, I was recently urged to get a colonoscopy. Colonoscopies aren't necessarily recommended before the age of 50 or 40. I'm 35.  The recommendations change if there is a history of cancer in your family. So why did I have a colonoscopy? It all started in August whe…