Honor Your Loved Ones
In the summer of 2000 I had lost a significant amount of weight, From 230's to 170's, I was weak and had fainted twice . I was 31 years old, I went to donate blood on early August of 2000 I was rejected my blood count was too low. Thinking nothing of it I made a doctor appointment, he asked me to come back for blood work and send me home with fecal cards. Next day I come back he tells me I was bleeding internally, probably it was a bleeding ulcer. He tells me I need it to visit a Gastroenterologist, that afternoon I called to make an appointment he told he would see me first thing in morning. During that visit he told me, he needed preform a test the following morning an upper GI exam. After finding nothing, he calls me into his office. I see him making phone calls to his team anesthesiologist, nurses and office manager, telling them he has to squeeze a patient in early in the following morning and they all needed to come in early. I was thinking wow what nice doctor, totally aware on the urgency on his voice and him clearing his schedule for me. I was young 31 and stupid, just finish buying my house six months earlier and had three kids my youngest 6 months old. I was on top world. After the Colonoscopy was preformed he broke the news to me and told me I had Colon Cancer and I was in for the fight of my life. I was set up with the surgeon and after surgery I was told it stage III and it needed to be treated aggressively with 52 treatment of Chemotherapy. During those time in Chemo it very difficult and at times depressing. It's now 2013 coming, 13 years later I have ran the NYC and Boston marathon and currently training to do the Marine Corps Marathon October 2013. When people say I was giving a second chance they really can not comprehend how truly meaningful that really is.
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