Ian Smithgall

First post: Jun 4, 2021 Latest post: Apr 6, 2022
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Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using this space to keep our family and friends updated about my colorectal cancer treatment and healing. Keep stoked and send some love, food, or funds. My community gives me strength, so please reach out and keep in touch. 

*If you are an over-30 man-friend of mine, please go schedule a colonoscopy today. DO NOT WAIT. Go and get checked out. Young adult colon cancers are on the rise and waiting until 40, let alone 50, may be too late. It's never too early to be cleared. Get ya butt checked for me. Please. I don't want anyone else to go through this. https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/cancer-currents-blog/2020/colorectal-cancer-rising-younger-adults


Sometimes, doing dumb things is  exactly what needs to happen. This is what happened to me. 

After moving to a new apartment in January equipped with a dream wood burning stove in the kitchen, I was on the perpetual hunt for free wood. After finding a massive cherry tree limb bound for the chipper, I scooped it up into my van and immediately blew out my lower back. 

After healing from that, the pain continued, but this time in my lower abdomen. The pain continued for two weeks until it became unbearable and I went to the emergency room. 

I was scanned and poked and prodded and my CT scan showed some "pericolonic fat stranding", which can be a sign of anything from an infection to a tumor. 

The head ER doctor came in and demanded that I get a colonoscopy ASAP. He shook his finger in my face and said "DO NOT skip this. Get it done". 

On May 27th, I went in for my colonoscopy. On May 28th, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. 

As of now, it seems like this was caused by Lynch Syndrome - a genetic disorder that predisposes you to certain cancers that have lived dormant in your family lineage. For me, this is colorectal cancer. 

What we don't know - how to treat it (yet), what stage it is, and how life will change going forward. 

Please keep in touch and feel free to leave any questions or comments here and I will try my best to keep this updated as I move through towards healing and getting back to my new normal. 

Love, peace, and tasty waves,