OUR ROLLERCOASTER CANCER JOURNEY BEGAN OCTOBER 3 2016: After 2 months of "stomach flu" symptoms I had a colonoscopy. We were devastated when the gastro said it was COLON CANCER with nearly full blockage. We learned soon it was STAGE IV, which spread to my liver and beyond. I was only 43, a healthy eater, avid runner and tennis player who led a very clean life with NO FAMILY HISTORY OF COLON CANCER. Below is a quick recap of everything I have endured since that day. I share this only to encourage all of you to support GHS (or ANY cancer research group you choose). CANCER TRULY SUCKS!!! THE BAD & THE UGLY (over only 14 months) 1 PORT IMPLANT SURGERY 2 LIVER SURGERIES 1 COLON RESECTION SURGERY 24 CHEMO INFUSIONS (5-6 hours EACH) 11 PET/CT SCANS Side effects include pain, nausea, major fatigue, hair loss, chills, fever. headaches, loss of appetite, digestive disruption, stress and plenty of frustration THE GOOD Cancer has done MANY terrible things, but it has NOT damaged my positive attitude and determination!!! Additionally, we have been blown away by our ever growing medical team through GHS. We have been paddling in Dragon Boat for 6 years, but now the cause is near and dear to us. We have seen first hand the level of care from every member of the GHS Cancer Institute! Our Oncologist, Nurses (Clinical Trial and other), Radiologist, Colorectal Surgeon, chemotherapy nurses and every member of the hospital staff who cared for me during 4 surgeries. THE NEED Please consider making a donation to our Dragon Boat team so that GHS can continue the phenomenal care for patients and families we have experienced! I thank you for your support whether you donate or not as energy and determination from our loving family and friends keeps us STRONG. Thank you so much!