Blood in my Stool
By Dr. Rhonda Mayes
There are no accidents in life. I was contacted on Easter Sunday by one of my fitness friends stating that Madonna Grimes needed to be CPR certified. While I did not think much about it at the time, I knew my circle was drawing closer to her as we held close mutual friends and I was friends with several of her family members as well. We scheduled our meeting and it ended up only being the two of us. We started talking and immediately bonded as she opened up and shared what she was currently going through. We held each other in silence in the moment of truth. I asked that she write her story down so that all of you, her readers and followers, can feel encouraged and supported as your life may be personally touched one day by cancer (via a loved one or yourself). As a result, I have partnered with MaDonna as we embark to educate all people about the importance of truth and health.
Madonna was able to detect that there was something “different” about her bowel movements. While 8 months is a long time to go with blood in your stool, she does not fit the “typical” profile for someone seeking a colonoscopy. I applaud her persistence in finding out what was going on with her body as “we are our own experts and if we don’t know ourselves, we don’t know anything”. The following is an excerpt from chapter 7 of my first book “Transforming U: The True Weight Loss Bible”: page 140, “5. What if my stool has blood in it? Blood in the stool is often an immediate concern for most individuals. One can have blood in the stool as a result of ruptured hemorrhoids or it could be an indicator of a more serious condition (i.e., cancer). The color of the blood in the stool can vary from bright red to a dark almost black appearance. Generally speaking, stool with darker blood is potentially a more dangerous condition.
Nonetheless, if it is a harmless occurrence or a serious condition, blood in the stool should be checked by a health care professional in order to effectively identify the difference. There are times when there is blood in the stool but it is not visible to the human eye. This non-visible blood referred to as occult is only determined by having the stool tested for blood. I mention this because some individuals struggle with hard, dry and uncomfortable stool but do not see any blood in the stool. However, you may notice a shift in the color of the fecal matter itself (i.e., medium brown to dark, almost black), which may warrant an assessment by a health care professional. This is why knowing your personal fecal matter movement and consistency is important. Again, have blood in the stool checked by your health care professional.”
Once again, nothing in life happens by accident. Educate yourself on your personal health history, your family health history and your partner’s health history. In order to effectively move towards health and wellness, you have to “know thyself”. I encourage all of you to take a stance for personal health education and begin to learn your body in such a manner that you can quickly identify the placement of each strand of hair on your head. This will enable you to know if there is ever anything “out of sorts” with the way you are feeling or the manner by which your body is behaving or reacting.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Rhonda Mayes is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Diplomate of the APA, Health Educator, Fitness Expert and Author. She travels the country nationally and provides seminars on mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Throughout her career she has intrinsically linked mental well-being with physical well being. Dr. Mayes is on a mission to educate and uplift individuals as they seek the truth about being well.
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