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4/12/2017 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. Here is Kurt's story in his own words:
For somebody out there, my own PSA might save a life. If you're 50yo, it's time to get a colonoscopy, regardless of whether or not you have symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms (Google them) for goodness sakes, go talk to your Dr about getting one. Here's a quick reminder of my story...
DON'T BE LIKE ME. I thought I was invincible. I was 47 yrs old and running 4-6 miles/day. Physically fit & hadn't seen a medical Dr for anything but a nagging lower back injury in 20 years. "Kurt can't get cancer", I thought to myself. At the time of My colonoscopy & diagnosis(47), I had been ignoring what I now know were clear signs & symptoms of CRC for 6-9 months. I was constantly tired. I was exhausted & out of breath after walking up a flight of stairs, losing weight, had a burning sensation in my stomach and experiencing changes in my bowel. I had convinced myself the burning sensation was an ulcer and there was no way I was asking a Dr for a colonoscopy. By the time of my colonoscopy and diagnosis, I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer.(I have no idea what stage it might have been 6-9 months earlier, but I do know it couldn't have been any worse!) As I type this, I'm at KU getting prepped for a radiation treatment this morning and will follow that up next Wed with my 73rd chemotherapy treatment.
I have lots of friends turning 50 this year. Please, If you or your spouse are 50 yrs old or experiencing symptoms at any age, go make an appt to discuss a colonoscopy. Remember, DON'T BE LIKE KURT. Don't put off getting a colonoscopy.
Do me a big favor and message or text me when you've made an appt for yourself &/or spouse to get or discuss a colonoscopy. I'd like to think I made a difference. - Kurt #fightcrc, #80by2018, #strongarmselfie,