It’s About the People, Not the Cancer

Old couple holding hands

This is part 4 of my ongoing series as I detail my experiences in my battle with colon cancer. 4 down, 8 to go.  That’s where I’m at in my therapy. I’m often asked how I feel or how am I doing?  A vast majority of the time, the answer is great!  After 4 sessions, here is how I typically feel.  4 hours or so at the infusion center, followed by 44 hours on a pump.  I feel the most … [Read more...]

Chemo and Caffeine – A True Story


This is part 3 of my ongoing series as I detail my experiences in my battle with colon cancer. Last month, I covered my first visit to the infusion center.  Today, I would like to tell a story that just might help others caught in the same position down the road. The list of possible side effects for my treatment is long.  Fatigue, muscle ache, nausea, neuropathy, constipation, diarrhea … [Read more...]

Therapy Treatment Begins…


Let’s do a quick recap. August 20th - Routine colonoscopy because I’m 51.  Find a lesion.  Sent to lab for testing August 22nd - Doctor calls and says “It is cancer.” August 29th - Take wife to US Open in NYC for our 25th anniversary because doctor said it was ok to go. September 14th - Get colon resection surgery to remove cancer and part of my colon. September 17th - … [Read more...]

My Top Ten Takeaways From Colon Cancer Surgery

Green is good!

In last month’s post, I described my feelings and experience when you hear the news that the diagnosis is cancer.  Since then, I have had a colon resection, or in regular speak, they cut out about 5 inches of my colon to remove the affected area, and then re-attached the two ends.  Colon is good as new. Below is my top ten list of takeaways as a surgery noob.  Yep, 51 years old and I had … [Read more...]

Three Words You Do Not Want To Hear

It is cancer. Three words.  Three life changing words. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 1,638,910 new cancer cases in 2012.  Break that down daily, and 4552 people each and every day will hear those three words. Wednesday, August 22nd was my day to hear those three words. Here is a look at my week: On Monday, I visited a gastroenterologist for my first … [Read more...]