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    Loss (Lost loved one): I lost my father two years ago to colon cancer. I encouraged him to visit me and agree to a full physical from Mayo Clinic just two years prior to his death. He was diagnosed during that visit with Stage IV colon cancer, received surgery and chemo, and lived a full life for two more years. I will forever be changed by his courage to overcome each physical battle he faced as a result of surgery, treatment, complications to his last day, his determination to live life to the fullest each day to the end, and the infectious smile he flashed to the last day. I miss him so much.
    My father always thought he would die from cancer, because his father did, his brothers did, etc. The sad thing is that his type of cancer was almost 100% preventable. With a family history of cancer, he was eligible for regular screenings, which would include colonoscopies, but he would not have regular checkups. Even annually. If he had, he would still be with us today. I hope this resonates with others like him or those loved ones who have influence over their stubborn relatives. The momentary discomfort is worth preserving the life that will be missed otherwise.
    In the same year, I lost my Mom, too. She had suffered from Alzheimer's for several years and was in the end stage when my father died. We brought her home and with the help of Hospice and in-home help, she lived out the remaining months of her life more serene, comfortably, and with the dignity she deserved. She left this world on Independence Day, 5 months after my father. It was appropriate, for the disease that would strip her of every other independent attribute could not take this away from her, the time and manner of death - on her terms. I am forever thankful for her example of strength, faith, and independence.

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    Loss (Lost loved one): I lost my father to colon cancer two years ago. I had him visit me in FL two years prior to his death to get a full physical from Mayo Clinic, where he was diagnosed. He came through surgery, chemo, complications from both, and lived a full life for those last two years. I'm thankful for that extra time and forever changed by his courage to overcome physical adversity each step of the way and to flash that infectious smile to his last day.
    Sadly, he always expected to die from some sort of cancer because his father had, his brothers had, etc The saddest part is that his cancer is one that is almost 100% preventable with colonoscopy screening, which he was eligible for due to his family history, but he did not go to the doctor for regular checkups. He would still be with us today had he done so. I hope this helps someone like my father or with a loved one who has the influence to encourage another to take preventative care. The momentary discomfort is worth the life you'll miss.