If you ever doubted the importance of screenings for colon cancer, you haven't met Julie Beadle. Nancy Naeve Brown tells us Judie didn't feel sick so she was shocked to learn after her colonoscopy she had a pretty big tumor in her large intestine.
Judie Beadle from Bowdle is a busy wife, mother and grandma to 20 wonderful grandchildren. As much as she enjoys the staff at Avera St. Luke's in Aberdeen, when she found out she didn't have to travel 50 miles to have a colonoscopy she took advantage of it. As part of the outreach program, Dr. Chris Larson went to Bowdle to perform the screenings.
Judie says, "After the test they put me on the surgery schedule. I said. What? I'm not sick, I have no symptoms. There is nothing wrong with me."
But there was something seriously wrong. Dr. Larson found a tumor the size of a cell phone in her colon. A biopsy confirmed it was cancer and she was the next week she went in for laparoscopic surgery.
Judie says, "He removed a large part of my colon and luckily there was no invasion of cancer outside the walls of the colon so I didn't need radiation or chemo. Since then it's been 2 1/2 years and I'm doing great thanks to the Grace of God, the doctors and early detection. I can't tell you the importance of early detection."
Dr. Larson says, "By using the small minimally invasive techniques folks that used to be in the hospital 5 to 7 days are going home on day 2 like Judie. It couldn't have worked out better."
As you might imagine Judie is a big proponent of colonoscopies especially since she had no symptoms and no inkling that cancer was growing inside her.
Judie says, "Take it from me I'm a walking testimony for early detection for colon cancer."
Dr. Larson says, "I really think the importance of colonoscopy screenings for color rectal cancer can not go overstated. It's something that we can beat if we can catch it early, if we are diligent."
Judie now a 2 1/2 year cancer survivor wants to make sure her 20 grandchildren know that grandma isn't going anywhere, except maybe to Avera St. Luke's a little more for screenings.
Judie Beadle just got cleared to extend her 6 month regular oncology visits and scans to yearly now and says she is feeling and doing great.