Honor Your Loved Ones
From Judy, Deborah, Rick and Karen Schifter. Barbara Schifter is our 58-year old sister. She was diagnosed with colon cancer in December 2012. We have subsequently learned that her cancer is extremely aggressive. In a matter of 6 weeks, the diagnosis has changed from stage 3 to stage 4. Also, although there are clinical trials being conducted for similar diagnoses to Barbara's, we have been frustrated to learn that a technicality disqualified her for the study... for now. We remain optimistic that the field is evolving quickly and advancements are happening all the time. It is one of the reasons we are so excitedly participating in Chris4Life.
How quickly things have evolved for Barbara has also been an eye opener for all of us in our family. In November, our sister appeared to be in great physical condition and living her usual healthy and active life style. In addition to her work as a clinical social worker in private practice, Barbara is an avid tennis player, cyclist and loves to spend time on her family's boat at their lake house in Southwest Virginia. She had a clean colonoscopy about 6 years ago. When she first told us in December that she had a "medical condition that may or may not be serious" we thought she must be exaggerating. When the diagnosis was confirmed, she apologized for ruining our family's health streak. Our parents are still alive and living in their Bethesda home of nearly 50 years. Barbara has four siblings, 4 children and 8 nieces and nephews. Where did this cancer come from? How could this be happening in our family? As we have learned from Dr. Marshall, that is what he and the team at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center are trying to answer. We hope our team SCHIFTER helps find the answers.
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