Cancer Connection

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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.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

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

Caring for the Cancer patient ACS Info , NCI Info , CancerCare site , Caring4Cancer

COLON CANCER:

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

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5 Responses

  1. Hey buddy! You were on my mind this morning.

    As I was hiding Easter eggs yesterday I found that despite this crappy March weather we are having we have flowers starting to push up in our yard. God’s wonderful design! He wakes up every one of those “sleeping” flowers every spring to fill our world with beauty. The amazing thing is that you are more important to him than anything in nature. His plan is perfect. His trials produce purity. When you dance with your Cinderella, he will take great delight!

    And by the way…hook me up with a Hawaii Chair! Finally a way for me to get BUFF!

    Love you bud!

    Todd

  2. I just happened upon your blog today. I was diagnosed with Stage IV rectal cancer 3 weeks ago. It has spread to my liver. It’s was rather like getting hit with the proverbial cement truck. Unlike you, I had no symptoms.

    I’ve had one round of chemo, a second CT scan on Friday, and I’m scheduled for a chemoembolization on Tuesday. Already I’m wondering how it will feel to learn that the chemo didn’t work. I’m not quite ready for bad news yet. I’m encouraged to hear that you despite some setbacks, you’re progressing well.

    Like you, I’m finding that my faith and the support my family and friends are my anchors during this journey.

    Best to you as God continues to heal you.

  3. My name is Marta Gerrity, I have a volunteer group that makes prayer quilts for people fighting cancer. I was wondering if it might be okay for one of our volunteer quilters to make a prayer quilt for you. I am including a description of what a prayer quilt is and if you would like to see some pictures of some of the quilts we have sent out, please let me know and I will send them to you. If it is okay for us to do a quilt for you, please let me know what types of things you like and what your favorite colors are, so we can make it around your theme. Thank you ,
    Marta Gerrity

    Here is a description of a prayer quilt. I call them “Patchwork Prayers”

    Patchwork Prayers is a simple idea with powerful results. The warmth of the quilts comes from the prayers tied into each knot on the quilt. As the quilt is constructed and the knots are tied, prayers are said for the ill person. When the family receives the quilt they can tie a knot on the quilt and say a prayer, they can then give it to their ill loved one. As the patient has visitors, their visitors can tie a knot and say a prayer. The patient is then wrapped in love and prayers. I hope that the prayer quilts will offer love, hope, comfort and warmth to the patient and their family.

  4. Uncle Stef,
    I just wanted to let you know that you have inspired me.
    For our big end of the year project in ADV language arts, we are doing a multiple genre research paper on something affecting us or something that we don’t know a whole lot about. I chose colon cancer. I am studying it, and I must say the websites you have here are sure helping with the 33 pages of notes we have to have! Stay Strong.
    Praying for you always,
    Kelsey

  5. The best to you and CELEBRATE!

    I cured my stage 4 cancer in two weeks, nearly 10 years ago. It’s my mission to share how I did it to as many people as I can.

    Kelley Eidem

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