I 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.