The Big C

Might as well talk about this, and it's a big enough event that it gets its own page.

In 2007, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. This was not surprising, it runs (no pun intended) in my family, and of four brothers, three of us grew up with ulcerative colitis. The timing of getting the news was perfect; I'd just completed a couple of weeks meditation retreat, and having about nine messages on my phone from various doctors and cancer treatment centers jumping up and down about how I urgently needed to get surgery... had no effect. Closed my cell phone, and took a stroll in a park across the street.

The doctors weren't too keen on having a patient who did not automatically do what they recommended, but I felt it necessary to do a little research and even see if western medicine was the best option. And yes, I concluded after doing lots of research, it was. There isn't medicine and alternative medicine; if it works, we call it medicine. I also wanted to check this out because my oldest brother John had passed away after his first surgery for the same thing, two years before.

I had some advantages over him, though. I was younger by a decade, in pretty good shape from running, and didn't have the kidney problems that he struggled with. The removal of my entire colon and most of my rectum went fine, as these things go. I lost thirty-five pounds after that first surgery, and much to my dismay (but not surprisingly) woke up with an ileostomy. My worst nightmare for thirty years, true at last. And it was horrible during those few weeks, make no mistake. But after a month, I had a second surgery to get rid of it.

Now I'm cancer free, they got all of it. Didn't need radiation or chemo, thankfully. And have a one in four chance of getting and dying from liver cancer, which is how this tends to re-present itself. Eh. If cancer was good enough for my grandfather, it's good enough for me. If it comes, I'll fight it as best I can.

Recommended Reading

There are tons of books out there to tell you everything you wanted to know, and quite a few things you didn't, about your particular kind of cancer. Go find those, they can help. However, I can't urge you strongly enough to get the book Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips by Kris Carr. Or check our her website, which has much more useful information than you'll find here. Check our her DVD, too, about her cancer story.

But get this book. It will guide you through it, and your loved ones, as you make this journey.