Eau Claire (WQOW) - Now five years cancer-free, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch visited Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire Monday to celebrate her recovery from colon cancer.
Kleefisch met with hospital leaders, physicians, patients and fellow cancer survivors to tell what she called cancer war stories. Kleefisch said she was diagnosed when she was 35 and first running for state office. She said she started having cramps and back pains throughout her primary campaign, but was sent home by her family practice doctor twice before a colonoscopy discovered the cancer. Kleefisch said the best thing for people feeling unusual pain is to listen to their bodies, press their doctors if symptoms continue and get screened.
"There's no trip to Hollywood in a colonoscopy and colon prep," Kleefisch said. "We get it, and the end of the day, colonoscopy jokes are very funny to tell. Colonoscopy jokes? They are non-existent. Cancer is not funny."
Kleefisch said the visit comes close to Colonoscopy Awareness Month in March.