We Walk For My Mom, Barbara
My goal – Stop colon cancer in its tracks.
Cancer does not typically run in my family. We've been effected far more by dementia. That's why we were so shocked to learn of my mother's diagnosis. Then a simple operation to remove a single tumor turned into a nightmare when the doctor realized that beyond the one tumor that showed up in the screenings, there were dozens more in her intestines. The operation was halted. We lied to my mom that night and told her the procedure was a success. We all gathered at my parents' house the next day and broke the news to her. That was one of the worst days of my life.
Getting my mom on to the right combination of drugs and treatment was very difficult at first. The initial treatment chemo was too intense and it landed my mom in the hospital for two months while the mouth sores healed and she regained her weight.
We've come a long way in the year or so since. The chemotherapy has worked so well that the doctors are using the word "remission", though she will have to stay on the same dose of the same chemo drugs; probably for the rest of her life.
This shouldn't be happening to people anymore. Not in 2018. That's why I'm walking.
Please support me today.
The money I raised will be pooled with other people’s efforts and help fund local programs to increase screening and awareness for colon and rectal cancer, as well as programs and services to support those living with the disease. Any amount you can spare, no matter how small, helps with research and public awareness.
10 Facts about Colon Cancer
- Anyone can get colon cancer.
- One in 20 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 50.
- 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.
- Incidence of colon cancer is increasing among adults under age 50.
- 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.
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