April 2013 - My youngest child David was attending college at the University of Alaska in Anchorage and working full time for Best Buy when he called to tell me that the pneumonia they had been treating him for “probably wasn’t pneumonia.” When I asked what they thought it might be (fearing tuberculosis) his voice cracked as he said “cancer.”
My heart dropped, my mind raced, and instantly I thought of many reasons why there was no way this could be true. From there proceeded many tests, emergency flights to Anchorage, the aid of a wonderful Oncology Advocate (her background is pathology) and then the diagnosis of Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer. It had metastasized to the liver and the lungs. From there “The Journey” began.
January 2013 – My father was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer, they were able to remove the cancer via resection and he is doing well.
May 24th 2014 – the same day we held our son's Celebration of Life service, my Uncle Joe was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. He is still fighting it, but at the age of 77 it’s a tough battle.