September 10, 2021
Today is National Stand Up to Cancer Day, sponsored by the organization, Stand Up to Cancer.
Bruce was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer at the age of 41. It took his doctors over six months to diagnose him, as they just didn’t believe someone that young would have colon cancer. Since Bruce believed he might have colon cancer, he kept pushing his doctors until they agreed to a colonoscopy. Colon cancer runs in his family.
He was actually relieved to be told he had cancer because it meant he could be treated. He had been in a lot a pain since the tumor was causing intestinal obstruction. I was terrified when the doctor told him he had cancer. I have never been so afraid in my life, not even when being charged by a bull.
Bruce’s positive attitude helped me cope with the gut wrenching fear I felt while he underwent six months of chemo treatment. He always knew he was going to beat the cancer. I did my best to reflect that positive attitude back at him.
It has been over sixteen years since he was diagnosed with cancer. His chance of the cancer returning is the same as the general population being diagnosed for the first time. I continue to be grateful he beat his cancer.
If you are fifty or older and have not had a colonoscopy, please consider getting one. It can save your life!