Years of Survivorship: 5
“Friday the 13th”, May 2011, I woke up after a colonoscopy and heard these dreaded words… “you have a tumor and it is cancer”!
My life was changed forever. I was diagnosed with stage three rectal cancer. My mind wondered back to a night twelve years earlier. I was with my best friend as he told his two sons that he had cancer. My daughters watched him battle cancer for 10 years before it took his life. Now I had to tell my daughters that I had cancer. After two surgeries and twelve rounds of chemo, I was cancer free. I could not have gotten through this without the support of my family and the staff at Blue Ridge Cancer Center. I was unable to return to my job as a firefighter, a job I loved for 30 years. Cancer brought me closer to my family, friends, and to God. I have learned tomorrow is never guaranteed. As the famous quote: “Live well, laugh often, love much!”
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