This is a bittersweet week for me. This coming Saturday marks one year – one year! – since my wife Pam died. There will be another special post later this week commemorating this first anniversary. Pam died of complications from colon cancer. Seems it wasn’t enough she suffered a stroke in 2014 and then was diagnosed with an ulcer in late 2019.
No, the bastard Cancer came calling in 2020 in her colon and there wasn’t a damn thing we could do about it. Chemo therapy was the only suggested treatment but by that time she was too weak to withstand the treatment.
Since then, I’ve tried to pass along information that may help to educate and inform what we went through and what may possibly help stem the tide from something like this happening to you or your loved ones. In this case, being aware of what colon cancer is and does and, possibly how to deal with it, if not manage or eradicate it, is the reason behind this post.
Earlier this month AARP published an article about this and it seemed timely to pass on to you. If not you, pass it on to someone you truly care about. “What to Know about Colorectal Cancer” covers a lot of bases and is worth the read.
Also, just recently published this week in Wired magazine, is an article – “This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer” – about a new FDA-approved device, GI Genius, which helps doctors identify precancerous polyps. It helps an unpleasant procedure become that much more effective.
Oh yeah, since a lot of blog posts do not necessarily include photos, I wanted to make this one a bit more human and personalized by featuring a photo of Pam and me from years ago. I happen to be a cancer survivor (leukemia) while Pam turned out to be a victim of colon cancer. Just goes to show you that the Big C doesn’t give a damn how old your are or what you look like. It can strike anyone at anytime. Unfortunately!
Be wise. Stay aware. God’s speed!