My Husband Ronald

My Husband Ronald


May 2007, was the beginning of a series of events that would change the landscape of my family’s life forever.  For several weeks, Ronald had been complaining about stomach pains and he began to notice blood in his stools.   He was only 46 at the time and we had no idea what was going on.  Although he was under 50, his doctor ordered a colonoscopy to rule out cancer.  A few days later, our worst nightmare was actualized.  Ronald was diagnosed with colon cancer.  We were paralyzed with anguish and we were uncertain about the future of our family.   He had a passion for life and our children were only 15, 5, and 2.   

In June 2007, Ronald had colon resection surgery and his cancer was classified as Stage III.  Shortly after, he had a round of chemo and we optimistically felt that his bout with cancer was over.  Our dreams were brazenly snatched from us again when we discovered that the cancer had spread to his liver.  Throughout Ronald’s 3 ½ year battle with cancer, he had a total of three surgeries and three rounds of chemo.  Although Ronald could have been depressed and discouraged, he had a positive and uplifting attitude.  He went to work many days in sick, but he refused to let cancer get the best of him.  He was determined to fight through the pain in order motivate and encourage others.

On February 10, 2011, Ronald’s eternal life began in Heaven.  It has been a tough year and a half without him and he is on our hearts and minds continuously.  Colon Cancer is a terrible nemesis that destroys the hopes and dreams of its victims and their loved ones.  Early screening is the best defense for eradicating this terrible monster.  If your family has a history of colon cancer, it is important to get screened at least ten years before that family member was first diagnosed.  Listen to your body.  If things don’t feel right, get it checked out immediately.   Not knowing can be the difference between life and death.  Stay informed!
Mrs. Angela Mattox

Are you at Risk For Colorectal Cancer?

  • 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women combined
  • Colonoscopies not only discover cancer, but can also stop cancer
  • 50% of Americans still do not get colonoscopy reimbursement
  • Colon cancer research is still vastly under-funded

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