Tag: survivor

It's Been 14 Years Since I heard "You Have Cancer." Happy Cancerversary To Me!

There are many commemorative days in my 47 years. Some have stood out and impacted me more than others. November 6, 2001 was one of those days. That was the day that I heard the words… “YOU HAVE CANCER. We couldn’t get the scope past the 2 tumors in the colon. We did a biopsy.... Read more »

Why I Am Putting My Yellow LIVESTRONG Bracelet Back ON

Having spent the last several days thinking about people whose lives were cut short due to cancer, I started to spin into some “survivor’s guilt”. What I mean by that is I start feeling bad that I am still here but others with cancer are not. Not really productive use of my time but that’s... Read more »

Stop Using The Phrase “Someone Lost Their Battle With Cancer”

Today I leaned that Stuart Scott, an ESPN anchor, passed away after living with cancer for several years. I am already seeing headlines all over about him “losing” his battle with cancer. People need to stop using this phrase. It’s basically saying that this person was in a win/lose scenario and they didn’t come out on... Read more »

I Really Miss My Motivation

Maybe motivation isn’t the right word. Maybe “drive” would be better. I am embarrassed to say this, but I have really gotten lazy in a lot of aspects in my life. I have been a firefighter for 26 years. I remember the feeling of excitement when I first started going to the firehouse. Now I... Read more »

Survivor’s Guilt: No One Explains How To Get Through It

I was diagnosed with stage 3-colon cancer on November 6, 2001. My last chemotherapy was on May 10, 2002. I have been cancer free since then so if my math is still correct, that makes me 12 years cancer free. During treatment, I focused all of my energy on making it through the day. Through... Read more »

Cancer Introduced Me To The Colon Club And The Colondar

It’s that time of year again when a group of young colon cancer survivors gather together for a “Big Chill” type of weekend to take pictures for the Colondar. A calendar made up of young people from all different walks of life, who all had colon cancer way ahead of “normal age” for this type... Read more »

When The Cancer Doesn’t Come Back: Being Cancer Free

I recently celebrated my anniversary of being cancer free. By celebrating, I mean I realized this month, 12 years ago, I had my last injection of the poison treatment known as chemotherapy. To be honest, I haven’t missed it at all. It’s been quite a ride for the last 12 years. Got divorced, accepted Jesus,... Read more »

Dear Cancer...We Need To Talk

Dear Cancer, It’s been awhile since we have talked so I thought I would write to you to clear up some things. I have been thinking a lot about you lately. In fact, I can’t remember a single day where you weren’t on my mind. You certainly have been busy taking up residence with people... Read more »

Faith Through Our Suffering

I am going to start writing a weekly devotional for Phil’s Friends. They are a Christian cancer organization that does amazing things spreading hope to cancer patients and their families. You can read about them here. I thought for my first devotional, to take on the topic of faith through a trial. Being a cancer... Read more »

My Chemotherapy Song

So it’s March and that means it’s Colon Cancer Awareness month. Not that I needed a specific month to think about cancer but this particular month I am thinking about my cancer specifically, colon cancer. There are so many things that stand out in my cancer journey. Some certainly stand out more than others. One... Read more »