Hey, everyone. I had an emergency in my family, and haven't had the time to be here.
Yet another member of my family was struck with cancer, and this time it was my brother. I can't tell you how distressing this has been.
His wife kept telling him to go and get a checkup, and he finally did. Well, one finding led to another, and then he was advised to get a colonoscopy because they suspected that there might be some cancer. Well, there it was, about a foot of it, and at what is called stage 3. Serious. I can't believe it.
He just came out of surgery a day ago and is doing fine. They got it. I talked to him today, and he sounds good. Follow up tests will determine whether or not he will be needing chemo. I hope not.
This is just crazy, all of it. If you recall, we just buried my father from the same thing. Now, I'm really worried. I need to go and get thoroughly tested myself to see if I have the "cancer gene" for the specific cancers my family members have had, which are many.
Both of my parents and now, one of my brothers have had cancer. My mom has survived 3: ovarian, lung and brain (which had spread from the lung). My Dad died of prostate and colon cancer.
Now, here's my brother with colon cancer. I don't even know what to think. Of course, I'm scared as everything. I have been out here researching all these cancers and the symptoms of them up the yin yang. So far, I seem to be okay, but now I really need to find out for sure.
I will have to post a more in depth post about how to go about that and what's involved for any of you out there that need to go and get checked yourself. For me, the next first step will be to go and get a colonoscopy myself. I have never had one. I'm not looking forward to it, but I know I need to do it.
In the meantime, please pray for my family, and especially my brother. I can't even begin to imagine life without him.
Take care of yourselves, all.