I have a basket (those supermarket plastic ones) full of pottery that I need to paint. Almost a month ago I had to go through Dandenong and I stopped in at ClayWorks. I was armed with some cash given to me by Mung – the remnants of the Bidston Moss account… I wanted to spend it on Something Important – something that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to get.
I threw $86 at a mixed pack of liquid colours and also bought a bag of TMK porcelainous stoneware clay. I felt rather happy about that – but have not had a chance to do anything with my colours…maybe tonight?!
Also – my pottery teacher is in hospital right now. Two days ago she had part of her bowel removed. This was only spotted because she was sent a bowel screening test through the post – part the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. Bowel cancer is only second to lung cancer in claiming lives here in Australia. I have just leaned on my mum to get tested as her age meant she fell out of the free-screening catchment.
I’m going to have a colonoscopy in just over a week…to get checked out from the inside. Is your bottom clenching in sympathy? I’ve been given the word by a good friend who has one every two years to request the TABLETS and not the powder that you have to have as part of the preparation. Have I mentioned my gastroenterologist appears to be barely 25? I suppose someone has to be…
READ AND TAKE HEED:
Based on current trends, 1 in 12 Australians will develop bowel cancer before age 85.
Both men and women are at risk of developing bowel cancer.
The risk is greater if you –
are aged 50 years and over;
have had an inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis;
have previously had special types of polyps, called adenomas in the bowel; or
have a significant family history of bowel cancer polyps.
You are considered to have a significant family history of bowel cancer if a close relative (parent, brother, sister or child) developed bowel cancer at a young age (under 55 years) or if more than one relative on the same side of your family has had bowel cancer.
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