Colon Cancer Took Away My Cousin This Morning

  • TadPohl

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    May 04, 2010 10:33 AM GMT
    So you passed on a Monday morning, leaving behind a great family that loves you and friends that will miss you. I promise that I will always remember the way you lived and not the way you died. I love you and will miss you for the rest of my life, cousin. You were a great man.

    My cousin was 27 today when he lost the fight against stage 5 colon cancer. He never wanted his family, his friends or even his doctors to worry about him and he played down his pain, exactly how very sick he was.
    It breaks my heart that he could have had a better chance at survival if he had only swallowed his pride and his foolish notions of being a burden to anyone.
    My cousin was handsome, smart, charismatic and had limitless potential in life.

    It's a shame.

    Take care of your bodies. Eat well, exercise and lead amazing productive lives.

    God Bless!icon_cry.gif
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    May 04, 2010 12:46 PM GMT
    so wrong...27

    Big Hugs
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    May 04, 2010 12:49 PM GMT
    Aww I'm very sorry to hear that icon_cry.gif my condolences to you and yours
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    May 04, 2010 12:50 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear! **HUGS**
  • Red1977

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    May 04, 2010 3:47 PM GMT
    I'm sorry to hear about your cousin. This is why it's important that even as young man, we push our doctors to have our colons screened as early as our 30s. I'm pushing to have a colonoscopy (spelling) done when I see my doc this month.
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    May 04, 2010 3:50 PM GMT
    I'm sharing your grief today Tangtastic...icon_cry.gif

    -Doug
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    May 04, 2010 3:58 PM GMT
    *hugs* icon_sad.gif
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    May 04, 2010 4:02 PM GMT
    Having lost loved ones to cancer myself, I share your grief, anger and frustration that comes with losing someone this way.

    *hugs*
    robby

  • May 04, 2010 4:34 PM GMT
    Colon cancer can also be linked to hereditary conditions as well. There is also a condition called HNPCC. Lynch syndrome (HNPCC or Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer ) is an autosomal dominant genetic condition which has a high risk of colon cancer as well as other cancers including endometrium, ovary, stomach, small intestine, hepatobiliary tract, upper urinary tract, brain, and skin. The increased risk for these cancers is due to inherited mutations that impair DNA mismatch repair.I have worked in Oncology for the past 12 years and while all cancers are horrible. Breast cancer has always got the most attention because of it's cosmetic and life image issues and the fact that it can be really aggressive. I just wish society would put them all together and give every single one the same attention. Prevention is the best defense. Sure colonoscopies are uncomfortable, but 30 to 45 minutes of discomfort is worth it compared to the other side of the coin.

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    May 04, 2010 4:47 PM GMT
    My condolences to you and your family! This seems like such an uncommon tragedy! I am truly sorry for your loss.
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    May 04, 2010 4:49 PM GMT
    R.I.P. to ur cousin to bro...I agree with u, exercise and diet go hand in hand. U CAN BEAT CANCERicon_exclaim.gif Believe me, just ur diet and exercise, i encourage anyone to pick up Suzanne Somers, book called breakthrough.icon_wink.gif
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    May 04, 2010 4:57 PM GMT
    My sympathies to you. Your words about your cousin remind me of the lines from Shakespeare's Macbeth:

    Nothing in his life
    Became him like the leaving it; he died
    As one that had been studied in his death,
    To throw away the dearest thing he owed
    As ’twere a careless trifle


    I hope when my time comes I can face it with such courage.
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    May 04, 2010 4:57 PM GMT
    I am so sorry to hear this. My condolences to you and your family. It is amazing that most insurance companies will not pay for a colo-rectal exam until you are in your 40's and sometimes even 50's.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 04, 2010 5:04 PM GMT
    Wow, I had to give pause when I read what you said.

    Sorry to hear about your cousin, its clear he was someone you respected and loved. How awful he passed away at 27 years old. Very sad.

    You will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing this with us... I can see he isn't the only great guy in the family.....
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    May 04, 2010 5:05 PM GMT
    Im really sorry to hear that, 27... it's really shocking icon_sad.gif
  • ursa_minor

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    May 04, 2010 6:22 PM GMT
    my sympathies Tangtastic ... it takes great strength to hide one´s pain
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    May 04, 2010 6:27 PM GMT
    Tangtastic saidSo you passed on a Monday morning, leaving behind a great family that loves you and friends that will miss you. I promise that I will always remember the way you lived and not the way you died. I love you and will miss you for the rest of my life, cousin. You were a great man.

    My cousin was 27 today when he lost the fight against stage 5 colon cancer. He never wanted his family, his friends or even his doctors to worry about him and he played down his pain, exactly how very sick he was.
    It breaks my heart that he could have had a better chance at survival if he had only swallowed his pride and his foolish notions of being a burden to anyone.
    My cousin was handsome, smart, charismatic and had limitless potential in life.

    It's a shame.

    Take care of your bodies. Eat well, exercise and lead amazing productive lives.

    God Bless!icon_cry.gif



    In times of sorry and great hardship, I remember that this life is just part of our journey. Your cousin in now on a bigger path. Look up at the Great universe and gaze at the wonder of the heavens. Our mortal lives are just a speck in eternity. We are left to mourn and feel sorrow.....he is celebrating a new beginning...in a new place. He's happy there~
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    May 04, 2010 7:44 PM GMT
    so sorry to hear icon_sad.gif
    :big hug: to you and my condolences go out to you and your family as well.
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    May 04, 2010 7:56 PM GMT
    I'm very sorry about your cousin. Cancer has touched a lot of people in my life, so I know how difficult it is for families and friends. It's hard to see someone you love in pain. I hope you can keep his memory alive by finding ways to honor him.
  • TadPohl

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    May 04, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    Thank you for your kind responses. I sincerely appreciate them and all of you who wrote them.
    I encourage you to be a proactive participant in your health.
    I believe that many of you guys, like my cousin have so much potential to contribute to this world. It would pain me to see a single one be taken away by something that could have been prevented. I hope that you learn from my family's tragedy.

    My cousin became a Buddhist before he passed away and his mom has asked me to participate in the Buddha Diet for 49 days until his soul ascends. It's a small thing to do in the memory of someone so awesome and it's healthy.

    You're welcomed to join me.


  • BIG_N_TALL

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    May 04, 2010 8:00 PM GMT
    sorry to hear about that - hugs - icon_sad.gif
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    May 04, 2010 8:01 PM GMT
    What is the Buddha diet?

    I had a very good friend who died from AIDS some years ago. Last summer, a group of us got together on his birthday and had a lunch to celebrate his life. We had a wonderful time and allowed us to remember all of the great times we had with him.
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    May 04, 2010 8:05 PM GMT
    Heartfelt condolences to you and to his family. So sad.

    I live with colitis, which makes me exceedingly aware of good colon health, so this is particularly sad to hear about in such a young man.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.

    xo
    r.
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    May 04, 2010 8:06 PM GMT
    icon_sad.gif

    xxx
  • mascguymia

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    May 04, 2010 8:08 PM GMT
    My condolences...