The Couples

ImageI would like to share with you some of the many faces of colon cancer and the families that it effects.  From our small gathering, it was readily apparent that colon cancer does not discriminate along racial, socioeconomic, educational, or gender boundaries.  It certainly doesn’t skip over families that already have “enough on their plates.”

K&F – If you met this couple at a party, you would probably think that they have it all.  They are gorgeous, well spoken, and recently engaged.  Their biggest worry should be how many guests are coming to their wedding.  Instead, K. has been battling colon cancer for 2 1/2 years.

W&A – W. has been through the ringer with his colon cancer since being diagnosed last February.  A. spent most of Saturday in tears.  Partly due to the subject matter but also largely because she just had her first baby a month ago and her hormones are all over the place.  A. shared that they had fertility issues.

J&R – J. was the only female patient in our group.  She has been battling her cancer for 2 1/2 years.  At one point her 18 tumors, were beaten down to 2.  Now, the doctors won’t give her a tumor count.  Her cancer has also spread to her bones.  R. drove home each night to relieve the babysitter and stay with their 12 year old who has autism.

D&D – D. has been battling colon cancer for 8 1/2 years.  He had most of his plumbing removed since his cancer was so widespread.  He has beaten it three times and is now battling for the fourth time.  His wife, D., has recently discovered that she may have breast cancer.

D&E – D. ended up in the emergency room in March where they discovered that he not only had metastatic colon cancer, but he also had kidney cancer.  He had one kidney removed, part of his colon removed and part of his liver removed that night.  His wife battles crippling depression.  They are both on disability now.

With all of these amazing couples, there was not a word of self pity.  There was definitely a fighting optimistic spirit and an openness that was at many times heartbreaking.  On first sight, all of the “patients” look healthy.  You would never know what inner battles they are going through.

xoxo

Robyn

5 thoughts on “The Couples

  1. Wow. I can only imagine what the weekend was like. But I am glad you both went and so proud of you for opening up to something like that. I think the fact that all these couples, including you, attended this says they are fighters!!

  2. This was tough to read, so I can’t even imagine what it was like to be there hearing these tough situations. I pray that is gives you some strength and support.

  3. My heart goes out to all of them. I never really appreciated how hard fighting cancer is for the whole family. I sure have learned that lesson. I do know David will beat it. You and David are in my last thoughts at night and the first in the morning. Love you, Ann

  4. Robyn – Thanks for opening my eyes to this terrible disease. I can’t imagine how those people face each and everyday. Their stories were hard to read but made me stop and think how lucky I am. You and your family are in my daily prayers. Keep the faith. Much Love Sandy

  5. I’m amazed at your endurance. Where you find the strength to go deeper and deeper emotionally, I can’t imagine. I hope the weekend brought you understanding and insights.

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