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10/3/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. THANK YOU all for the love and support you have given us through this journey, (not one I want to be on, I'd much rather be in Hawaii.) I would like to share my story with you in hopes to encourage everyone to get their check ups and colonoscopies when needed. That's what I was doing, going in for my 1st routine "50" year colonoscopy. I felt fine, didn't feel sick. The only thing I noticed was a little blood in my stool over a months time and thought I should get it checked out. I had my colonoscopy and the next day confirmed I had Colorectal cancer. Currently I am going thought 5 1/2 weeks of radiation and chemo (pills) then some recovery time, then surgery and more recovery time. So, even though it may be gross, pay attention to your poop. I know colonoscopies can be a pain in the butt (literally), but believe me going through treatments and surgery is much worse. I was able to catch my cancer early before it spread, thank goodness, I'm glad I didn't put it off another year or 2, 5 or 10 like some people I've talk to. As you can imagine Jerry has been very supportive and by my side the whole time. And, as we update this site, you will notice a lot of "we" and "us", because even though I'm the one sick we are both going through this together. Don't be afraid to talk to us about this, we want to be very open about it. Thank you for all the offers of help and eventually we may be taking you up on it. Thank you, Jeannine and Jerry