Colon Screenings


Noah, age 12, Seth, age 15

Noah and Seth have a genetic disorder called Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). It is also known as Garner Syndrome, and is characterized by polyps in the colon and sometimes the rectum. If left untreated, it turns into cancer.

On Thursday, March 17th, while other families celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with tasty Irish meals, my husband and I encouraged our sons to drink an awful drink (they hated it) to prepare for their colonoscopies the next morning.

Jim and I are very grateful to live in the Houston area where we can drive to the MD Anderson Cancer Hospital, rather than flying in from another state or country. This hospital is listed as one of the very best for treating cancer, though in this case we are trying to prevent it. Their doctor, Dr. Lynch, is their specialist who taught us about this condition and ordered their blood test to confirm that they had this gene.

The older children with this disorder get, the more polyps they will have in their colons, until, according to Dr. Lynch, their colons/rectums need to be removed. Jim and I were concerned when Seth had an increase in the amount of polyps from two years ago, and Noah, who is twelve, had a small amount of them already.

As a result of this, I’m going to educate myself on nutrition and natural healing. I don’t know how to heal defective genes, but I believe in receiving help from above.