TRUTH BEHIND THIS PICTURE...
This picture is me "Being Me" - active, happy and living my life.
This photograph comes two months after surgery and six weeks into chemotherapy.
I have Stage 3 Colon Cancer.
Up to this reprieve in Aspen I have been sick, weak, and exhausted from chemotherapy and nine infusions lie ahead. I've been couch bound wondering how Tarik and Christine can remodel a kitchen for $12 and why those "Property Brother's" aren't married.
I cannot drive. I struggle to eat. The lurking demons of depression are only assuaged when my friends stop over to take me on my daily walk. Walking has been the only remedy to combat my crippling nausea and near-total exhaustion.
I have been miles away from "Being Me".
My three kids are scared. My husband, parents, siblings, family and friends are being the best cheerleaders and forces of positive energy that anyone can ever imagine. But they are scared too.
Cancer sucks for everyone.
Chemo sucks more.
Why I am sharing this?
March is #ColonCancerAwareness Month. If I can help spare one person from the misery that cancer brings then I have given meaning and purpose to this experience.
Some Colon Cancer Facts:
A routine colonoscopy can detect a precancerous polyp. If the polyp is detected early it can be removed and a potentially devastating diagnosis can be avoided.
Doctors recommend colonoscopy screenings for those over 50 years old or those with colon cancer in their family.
Some symptoms of colon cancer include changes in bowel habits, changes in stool consistency, blood in the stool, and abdominal discomfort.*
If any of those markers for colon cancer speak to you then schedule your screening, snag the polyp and save the HGTV marathons for a rainy day.
To learn more go to these sites:
I look forward to "Being Me" again full time- July 2016.
42 years old
Mother to three gorgeous humans Gabe, Max & Milena
Please share this message because...
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" Benjamin Franklin (and Barbara Majeski)