I Refuse To Lose has become the theme for my journey in battling colon cancer. On July 23, 2007, I was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic colon cancer. How do you deal with that? I went through six rounds of chemo from August to October. To our surprise, the chemo did not work. How do you deal with that? On October 26, I underwent major surgery to have some of my colon removed, my omentum was removed, and some other cancer nodules were removed. The surgery was very successful as the surgeon was able to get about 90% of the cancer out. Praise the Lord. Since then, I have undergone more chemo and also another surgery, on June 16, 2008. I will be starting my third round of chemo treatments in August, 2008.
I will tell you how I have been getting by. I have a tremendous support group in all aspects of my life. My co-workers and neighborhood friends have been very supportive. Our church family has been overwhelming us with support as well. Going through a time like this without a strong support group is utterly impossible.
This page is being offered as a resource for people battling cancer or just interested in learning more about the disease. This page includes information on cancer in general and also information on my specific cancer. My wish is that this page will be of help to people going through their journey and to also help those people who are supporting and caring for those who are on the journey. NOTE: This is not a complete list of information, just some to get you started.
American Cancer Society www.cancer.org
American Cancer Society YouTube Channel http://youtube.com/amercancersociety
National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov
Lance Armstrong Foundation (LiveStrong) http://www.livestrong.org
The V Foundation for Cancer Research (Jim Valvano’s site) www.jimmyv.org
Colon Cancer Alliance http://www.ccalliance.org
Mayo Clinic Cancer Site www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cancer/
American Cancer Society info
CDC info www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/
Colon Cancer News www.topix.com/health/colon-cancer