August 3, 2018

Colonoscopies; get in the routine of having one

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

I had my fourth colonoscopy recently. The best part of the procedure is when it's over.

Honestly, it's not that big of a deal but it's always easier to say that when it's over!

When I was in my gown five minutes before the test I thought about the inconvenience of the colonoscopy but then quickly remembered the inconvenience of colon cancer.

My father was 60 when he was told that the large mass inside his colon was cancer.

Under the instruction of our family doctor Bob Hall in Paintsville, Kentucky, he underwent surgery to remove a large section of his colon that also resulted in a colostomy in the right side of his stomach. He would wear a bag on his side for three months.

I vividly remember the pain and sickness of that surgery in 1980. Three months laterthe doctor did another extensive surgery and reconnected his colon. Seemed to me he was sicker after that surgery than the one before. Eventually he regained normalcy once again, never had radiation or chemotherapy and lived 25 more years. He was one of the lucky ones. He had one really bad sick year but he lived.

My mother-in-law had colon cancer and had most of her colon removed in her forties. She spent the rest of her life with a stoma. A stoma is where a section of the bowel is brought out through the stomach area. However, she didn't wear a pouch but irrigated her colon every other day. It was one awful surgery but she lived forty more plus very active years of life.

A high school friend not long ago went to the doctor and found out he had stage four colon cancer. He couldn't beat it and died recently. A dear minister friend at the peak of his ministry in his early fifties found out he had colon cancer. He fought it hard but it didn't take long and he soon died.

Something will take us all out. We are all going to die.

My dad used to say; "None of us will get out of this world alive." This is a true statement. However, a colonoscopy is not that big of a deal. The routine procedure, two hours at the hospital might prevent you from having your colon cut out. Now, that would be good, right? Or, maybe it might prevent you from dying in your sixties or even fifties or late forties. It happens a lot.

I had my first colonoscopy at the age of fifty and they cut out three polyps.

If I had never had that procedure done I would probably be dead by now from colon cancer. I had another one three years later. Another one five years after that and came out with four large polyps and one looked very precancerous. Thus, recently three years after the last one I had my fourth and for the first time ever the doctor told me I had no polyps in my colon.

Hallelujah! I was so glad.

I've been eating daily fruits and vegetables. Going for the broccoli, the asparagus, fruit, peppers, etc. I'm convinced fruit and vegetables are the ticket. I would recommend you make fruit and vegetable a part of your daily life. If you remember, they told us this stuff in health class in elementary school. It's true.

The day before your procedure you will have to drink some nasty tasting stuff. At least I did. I was allowed to eat a little bit as late as 4:00 in the afternoon. Very little but I didn't starve by any means.

Two o'clock in the morning I was drinking more nasty stuff. Plus, I drank about a gallon of water to flush the nasty tasting stuff down. From about 2:00 in the morning until 4:30 I was in the bathroom almost constantly. At 6:30 I was at the outpatient center of the hospital. The people were great and explained everything. By 7:45 I was receiving Propofol, which puts you to sleep almost instantly. By 8:45, I was leaving the hospital with my good news of no polyps. My wife had to drive. You must have a driver with you. At 9:30, I was having a Greek omelet and four large pancakes. I felt like I had earned every bite.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in America. Over 50,000 people die from colon cancer every year. Let's all get routine colonoscopies and at least try to avoid dying from colon cancer.

Good luck!
Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


July 10, 2018

IRHA to host 29th annual professional conference in August

The Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) will host its 29th Annual Educational Conference August 8th-9th at the Hilton Garden Inn Champaign. The IRHA is a collaborative association comprised of over 700 members including hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, public health departments, practitioners, consumers and public officials, whose mission is to strengthen health systems for rural residents and communities through advocacy, education, networking and leadership.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Breaking Down Barriers to Success”. The conference is an opportunity for rural healthcare administrators and clinicians to advance their professional skills, while networking and learning best practices from their counterparts throughout the state.

General sessions will include a federal rural health update presented by the National Rural Health Association, as well as a panel discussion on Health Choice, Illinois Medicaid managed care program. Attendees will have over 20 concurrent workshops to choose from over the two-day conference, which are all geared towards rural practice including Emergency Preparedness Plan Compliance, NFPA Active Shooter Standards, Addressing the Opioid Crisis through Telehealth, Improving Care for the Aging Population, Overcoming Rural Recruitment Challenges and Regional Approaches to Population Health. There will also be a specific workshop track for Rural Health Clinics administrators.

There will also be evening networking socials on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 8th and on August 9th the Annual Rural Health Awards Luncheon will take place, honoring those which have made great strides to improve access to rural health care.

Online registration and full conference brochure can be found at or for additional information contact Margaret Vaughn at (217) 280-0206.

June 29, 2018

2018 St. Joseph-Ogden football schedule announced

ADAM FRERICHS is wrapped up by Dawson Kaiser

Spartans' ADAM FRERICHS is wrapped up by Unity's Dawson Kaiser on a play early in the first quarter September 15, 2017 game at Unity. St. Joseph-Ogden drop to 2-2 on the season after a 41-0 loss to the Rockets. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)

St. Joseph-Ogden will play just four contests on their home field this season. The Spartans, who hope to rebound after a 4-5 season last October, open the season on the road against St. Thomas More in Champaign. Last year, holding to the Sabers to just one score, SJO put up 54 points in the first half of their Illini Prairie Conference start.

Heading into the final game of the season at Monticello, St. Joseph-Ogden needed the victory for a spot in the 2017 playoff field. The Spartans came up just 3 points short in an emotional 27-24 thriller that ended a long running playoff streak for the storied program. This year, the Sages won't have home field advantage under the bright lights at St. Joseph-Ogden High School.

JESSE SCHLUTER captures Rocket ball carrier Keaton Eckstein

Spartans' JESSE SCHLUTER captures Rocket ball carrier Keaton Eckstein from behind for a solo tackle for a loss in the first half of their regular season conference game on September 15, 2017.(Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)

2018 St. Joseph-Ogden Football Schedule

Aug 24 7:00 at St. Thomas More

Aug 31 7:00 vs Rantoul

Sep 7 7:00 at Central Catholic

Sep 14 7:00 vs Unity

Sep 21 7:00 at Pontiac

Sep 28 7:00 vs Prairie Central

Oct 5 7:00 at Illinois Valley Central

Oct 12 7:00 at Olympia

Oct 19 7:00 vs Monticello

Artistic rendition of Cole Zaccarelli

Artistic rendition of Cole Zaccarelli during St. Joseph-Ogden's football game as he waits for his turn during pregame warm up. See more photos of Zaccarelli from our archives here. (Photo Art: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)

June 22, 2018

What to do with families crossing the border

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Lots of outrage has been seen and heard around America over the treatment of families illegally entering the United States. President Trump recently signed an executive order to keep the families crossing the boarder illegally together when captured by authorities.

I'm not sure where Americans want to keep these families who took a great risk to enter our country hoping to gain entrance quickly and illegally when it did not work out for them. I know quite a few people who live in our country who have moved here from Mexico, Myanmar and other parts of the world. They are working very hard and are very supportive of the laws of America.

Breaking the law always has some penalty or repercussions. I'm all for keeping border families together. I would never want to see children ripped away from their mother or father. Those crossing the border for the most part are very desperate people in search of a better place.

Every day people fill out the necessary paper work, go through the proper channels and enter our country. Millions of them are now working a job that many Americans no longer want to work which is very sad for our country. However, it's good for those who want to work it seems.

What do we do with these border families now? Do we keep them in full service hotels or house them at a resort property in Disney World? They have left third world countries where conditions apparently were not very good. How much can we be expected to do for people showing up demanding entrance to America? What would you do for people showing up at your front door demanding lodging and meals and even health care? It's hard for most people when family shows up unannounced.

I found in interesting watching the outcry of demonstrators and different media personalities. I have wondered where are the daily cries over how America treats our children and unborn children? Right now while I am writing this there will be about 3000 legalized abortions in America. Add that number times 365 days in our country. There were 652, 639 legalized abortions in 2014 according for the Center for Disease Control.

Seven thousand children are abandoned each year in the United States. China is said to have over twenty million orphans.

How many babies and children spend their first five years in daycare and then are raised essentially by the school? It's a tough day for America's families who are trying to financially survive. However, money, things and attainments never take the place of time with children and families. It's easy to see this looking back.

I'm glad there are Americans who have verbalized their pain concerning the importance of children and parents being together. It's important. Maybe there will be some outrage down the road on the state of America's families who enjoy the privileges daily afforded to our families but for different reasons don't treat their children very well.
Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


June 8, 2018

Sommesi scores 3x in state softball semifinal

Kaneland's Donatela Sommesi and Hailey Roach

Kaneland's Donatela Sommesi hugs teammate Hailey Roach after getting to scoring position during their state semifinal game against Providence Catholic on June 8 at Eastside Centre. The Knights defeated the Celtics 8-1 advancing to the Class 3A title game at the IHSA State Softball Finals. Sommesi scored three times in the rout on three hits. Roach was 2-for-3 at the plate and chipped one of team's seven RBI in the fourth inning on a double to left field. Click here to view 19 more photos from the Knight's state softball appearance. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks