A colorectal cancer awareness event sponsored by Maine Health at the Maine Mall in South Portland presented a… More >>
I first discovered I had a problem on the eve of a trip with friend. I felt a pain in my side, and figured it was appendicitis. It turned out I had colon cancer, which started me on a long and interesting road. Fortunately, they were able to remove my cancer and, despite some setbacks, 20 years later I am in great shape. I play racquetball and bridge. I love to win!
One of the best parts of my journey has been all the great doctors I met. Even though I am fine today, I am still working with one of my doctors on her research on colon cancer.
Both my daughters have been screened early because of my cancer history. I am now on a personal campaign for everyone to get a colonoscopy. The prep is the only part that is at all difficult. The actual procedure is done under anesthesia, so you do not feel a thing!
When someone asks me if it is a good idea to get screened, I have to look them in the eye and ask, "Are you nuts? It could save your life!"