It’s a year later and I’ve hit my 9th year being cancer free. Being only a few months short of my 50th birthday I’m at an age that I thought I would never see due my diagnosis back in Aug 2001. Our 3 kids were small back then and my wife is a positive thinker. For me, I’m a realist and engineer and the data on the statistics was what scared me. The statistics of missing early detection still scares me. Mental focus is the thing that saved me.
It’s still difficult to hear of familiar people who unfortunately have not been saved. This past year has been one of hearing about colleagues and their loved ones who have been claimed by the disease. For me reaching out and helping still remains and will always be part of the responsibility of surviving.
This year I was glad to see a colleague get a good prognosis on bladder cancer. Through early detection, action and diligence the outlook is bright. In fact this is the best medical treatment: early detection, removal and monitoring for certain types of cancer.
In my opinion besides undetected cancer that has metastasized, denial and procrastination are the two attributes that end up costing people their lives. I’ve always been a get it done type of guy with everything, as my wife Ellen and kids will attest, so it helped me with my battle of cancer. It still does today as I’m “tone locked” on what I have to do each year for follow-up.
I keep fighting 1 year at a time to remember those who can no longer fight…
Get yourself a check up.
It saved my life.