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Friday, November 20, 2009

Another Cancer Scare

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.

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Jan from BetterSpines said...

Yes it sure is scary. Go get checked out straight away! And you are obviously a strong woman with a healthy positive attitude to life, so the odds are definitely on your side. Hugs and prayers to you.

Azure Islands Designs said...

I do agree, very scary...don't wait...be checked out right away!!!

My thoughts are with you, your brother and family!!!

Lynne said...

You must be so relieved to know that your brother is recovering well. You definitely need to get checked. Prevention, it will ease your mind.

UPrinting Postcards said...

I'll pray for him. Thank you for sharing this story. Hang in there. Let our faith prevail during times like this.

Kevin in Manila said...

Very sorry to hear about this. Maybe you can tell us what some of his symptoms were to kind of raise awareness.

Cascia said...

That must be awful! I will keep your brother in my thoughts and prayers. I hope he doesn't have to undergo chemo. I'll also pray for you.

Mike Golch said...

better play safe that sorry,do the screening asap.I'll keep you and your brother in my prayers.

The Fitness Diva said...

Thank you all. I spoke to my brother the other day, and he sounds good... better than I expected.
We are all keeping our fingers crossed, and thanks for all your caring.

Robin said...

Hi Fitness Diva,
I am sorry to hear about your brother and I am glad he is doing ok now. It is a good thing he did go to the doctor. I will keep him in my prayers. Glad you will get checked out. Cancer is scary, it runs in my family also. My grandma died of colon cancer and I miss her dearly.

Ish said...

do the right thing to do, you and your family specially your brother will be on my prayers

Daisy said...

I am sending my best purrs for your brother.

Rebecca said...

Oh dear! I'm praying for your brother and the family. God bless you guys.

Bryan said...

Well, i hope your brother is doing good. And i hope you have found new guidelines and tips for a cancer-free lifestyle, because cancer is really such a threatening disease and should be deal with seriously. Thank you for posting!

Anonymous said...

I've followed your blog off and on but this is the first time I'm commenting. I too have had many family members with cancer and while its scary just know you are already ahead of the curve by staying fit. Fear won't change genetics - stay vigilant and insist on all marker tests (don't let penny pinching doctors tell you to wait until you are 40 or 50) and then continue doing what you do.

My uncle passed away at 54 and it really hits home the closer I get to his age (just turned 40). His death saved 3 other family members who would not have even thought about getting tested earlier had we not lost him. Then my father and aunt passed away from different cancers. It's on both sides - all I can do is stay healthy.

My prayers go out to you and continued well wishes for your brother.

VetTech said...

Family medical scares are the worst. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brother..don't forget to take car of yourself with all of this going on. Stress is a killer too, so be kind to yourself

The Fitness Diva said...

Thank you all again. This is difficult. I'm praying and hoping all the time that my brother is okay.
I appreciate all of your prayers and well wishes. thanks so much

BK said...

Just do it and be assured. Sending positive thoughts to you and your family. Wishing goodness in all of your lives.

melanotan said...

This is scary one for her family cause’s different kinds of cancer. I hope your brother will be healthy.

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