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I'm participating in the 2017 Charlotte Get Your Rear In Gear 5K Run/Walk, a event to benefit the Colorectal Cancer Coalition. Glenn, my husband, was diagnosed with Rectal Cancer in October of 2010. After months of "problems" what we thought were just hemorrhoids, he finally saw a GI doctor and had his first colonoscopy revealing a 6 inch tumor in his rectum. We were told he would have to have chemo, radiation and surgery. Imagine our shock!!! Being only 44 years old!! But as we have learned and already subconsciouly knew, Cancer touches all walks of life, young and old. By the grace of God, Glenn's surgeon was non other than Dr. Brian Jerby of Charlotte Colon and Rectal Surgery. To tell you what he has done for our family, is inconceivable. Let's just say after our first appointment with him, Glenn told me he felt like he just had "a splinter in his big toe". I am thankful for the way he explained everything to Glenn, the way the load of fear and anguish was lifted off of his shoulders in that one visit. Glenn started chemo and radiation within a week. (Also has a wonderful Oncologist, Dr. Timothy Kuo and Radiation Oncologist, Dr. John Konefal). He did awesome!! Handled everything with such courage and bravery. Everything was not perfect, had a little nausea sometimes, soreness toward the end of radiation. But to say the least, at the end of the session, Glenn had kicked the tumor in its butt!! The mighty 6 inches had been shrunk down to less than 2 inches!! God is good! Surgery was scheduled and performed on 1/11/11 the day after the "ice storm" here in the South. I remembered leaving the house at 3:45am so we could all drive slowly and get there on time. Glenn kept calling to see if his surgery was cancelled and he was assured that if he was going to be there, so was Dr. Jerby. To surgery he went. The biggest concern besides the cancer was whether Glenn's anus could be saved due to the location of the tumor and it was! Following 5 more months of chemo, Glenn had his ileostomy reversal surgery 8/11/11. So today, after a clear colonoscopy report, feeling very blessed with all the support groups of friends, family, nurses and doctors, we have recreated Team GMac to raise money but most importantly awareness of Colorectal Cancer. So to say it simply " What's up your Butt?"
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