While battling a cold and trying to prepare for her daughter's college graduation party the next day, Claudia Hall considered bailing out of her annual checkup with her gynecologist in early May 2014.
With all the stress going on in her life, the Lexington resident figured she would simply postpone the appointment a week or two. But after finding out the next best appointment time for her was nearly three months away, she decided to go ahead with the checkup anyway.
"I said, 'No, I don't want to let that go that long,'" Hall said. "And I tell you that because it saved my life."
At the appointment with UK HealthCare obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Wendy Jackson, Hall underwent the usual tests and checks, including a digital rectal exam, generally performed on female patients over the age of 40. The exam revealed some troubling news: a large mass in Hall's rectum.
Jackson made an appointment for Hall to see University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center colorectal surgeon Dr. Sandra Beck the following week. Despite the bad news, Hall said her weekend continued as planned.
"We went on with my daughter's graduation, that's something she can't do over," Hall said. "But I was in Markey that next Tuesday, and from then on it was sort of a whirlwind."... FULL STORY