KG's Beech Bums!
It’s More than a Race.
We've formed a team for Get Your Rear in Gear and are joining thousands of others from across the country to make a difference in the fight against colon cancer, our nation’s No. 2 cancer killer.
The money raised will fund local programs to increase screening and awareness for colon and rectal cancer, as well as programs and services to support those of us living with the disease. In case you haven't heard my story, diagnosed in July 2018 with stage IV colon cancer, here it is:
In July of 2018 I went to the doctor because I had been dealing with, what I thought to be, a pulled muscle under my right rib. She sent me to get an ultrasound, during which they saw something. A cyst, I thought, it has to be a cyst, liver cysts run in my family. They ordered an immediate CT scan to make sure. It was not a cyst, but an unidentifiable mass. Fast forward to Monday, July 23rd, after an MRI and colonoscopy(ordered after my CT showed some minor abnormalities), the doctors came in to tell us what they found. Ryan(my husband) and I still didn't know what in the world was happening! That's when he said it: "YOU HAVE COLON CANCER which has spread to your liver, causing a mass which is the root of the pain you have been feeling." What did he just say? Was that directed at me? I am a healthy, active, 34 year old mother of 3 little kids. To say we were blindsided is an understatement.
Since then, I have ungone chemotherapy, sugery, and now I am back on chemotherapy until my second surgery which should be in the late spring. This has been very hard, on all of us(you guys included B>) but I KNOW we will beat this!! Ryan and the kids have stayed so strong through it all and I think seeing them gives me that extra boost each day to stay positive and keep on keeping on...Cancer picked the wrong lady and wrong community to mess with!! Now let's raise some money and help to knock out this terrible disease for good!!!!
Love you all from the bottom of my heart
10 Facts about Colon Cancer
- Anyone can get colon cancer.
- One in 23 Americans will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
- Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death.
- Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally, and people of all races and nationalities.
- Screening for colon cancer should begin at age 45.
- Screening should begin earlier for many ethnic groups and those with a family history.
- Many of those diagnosed with colon cancer report no signs or symptoms before the diagnosis.
- Those with a parent, sibling, or other relative with colon cancer have an increased risk of developing the disease.
- If you were born in the '90s, you have 2x the risk of colon and 4x the risk of rectal cancer as those born in the 1950s.
- Younger adults were more likely than older adults to be diagnosed with late-stage cancers.
(Bonus Fact) Screening is easy, there are many affordable options that can be done in the privacy of your own home. Talk to your doctor about the right one for you.