Are You Blue?

Teri-cancer-awareness-monthMarch is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and blue is the color to wear to show your support! As a colon cancer survivor and a warrior in the fight against this disease, I want to help spread the word:

Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable when you know a few simple facts!

1. Early detection is vital.
While colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the US, it is estimated that over 90% of all cases of colon cancer can be prevented with recommended screening. Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is one of the most detectable and, if found early enough, most treatable forms of cancer. Read More

What powers you?

go-st-louis-marathonAs I think about what to write in this space, two thoughts keep jumping in my head –powered by hope, and inspire.

Let’s take powered by hope, my slogan. How did I come up with this?

When I was preparing to go to Kona for the Ironman World Championship, it soon became obvious many of my family and friends were going to come along. I decided since there would be such a large group, it would be fun for everyone to have a t-shirt for race day. The next decision was what to put on the shirts. Pictures, logos, sayings –what?

Before I Googled “t-shirts” to rack my noncreative brain, the words “powered by” came to me, and I wondered, What does power me? Many answers came to mind. My faith. My family. My friends. But when it came to defeating cancer, what powered me (and still powers me) to fight? It was simple…HOPE! Read More

Making Choices

0042_39432It has been a long time since I sat at the computer and wrote a message. In fact, the last time I posted an entry on my CaringBridge.org site was December 2011.

With the launch of my new website, I wondered why it’s been so long. I quickly realized that much of the posting on CaringBridge was to communicate difficult news. Today, I am inspired to share a new, positive message. I see this blog as a fresh opportunity to share my experience, struggles, strength and hope.

For those of you new to my journey, here is a quick history. I am married and have two kids in college, a son and daughter. In September 2009, two weeks after completing Ironman Louisville, I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer (I was 48 years old). Two weeks after that my two sisters (both in their early sixties) had colonoscopies, one had precancerous polyps and the other Stage III colon cancer (today she is cancer free). I was treated with radiation therapy, chemotherapy and had a colon resection and liver resection. Today I continue to receive chemotherapy and remain optimistic that the longer I survive the better a chance for a cure. Read More