The beginning of a long year ūüöĹūüöĹūüöĹ

I was at the gym when after my normal 45 minutes on the elliptical¬†I felt the urge to go to the bathroom, little did I know that this would be the beginning of the end of normalcy.¬† I went in the bathroom to pee when I realized I was¬†bleeding rectally.¬† I thought this was¬†a¬†one time thing, in fact I didn’t even mention it to anyone including my husband until¬†several weeks had passed.¬† I wiped and went back out¬†into the gym area where my¬†husband was¬†also working out. We finished our workouts and went home¬†for the¬†evening.¬† I remember the vision in the toilet like it was yesterday, probably because the lights¬†in the girls locker room are so bright and the blood was so red that it was hard to miss let alone forget.

Keep in mind, I started bleeding at the end of January and it wasn’t until a few weeks of inconsistent bloody bowl movements that I finally sent a picture to my mother one morning before work.¬† It was a Monday, I was waiting to go into work (as usual I’m always early) when I texted a picture to my mom asking if this was normal.¬† She responded with “Jerica, you need to go to the ER or get to a doctor.”¬† Being the¬†responsible person that I am, I went¬†into work in a panic but told my manager what was going on.¬† I called my primary Doctor first and they got me in the same day.¬† And this¬†is when¬†the real circus of my life began.