I didn’t go to doctor at first . . .
ROBERT VINCENT | Contributor
I invite other cancer survivors and caregivers from across Memphis to join me at Relay For Life of Memphis on Saturday, April 8 from 2pm to 9pm at Tiger Lane at the Liberty Bowl Stadium. Let’s celebrate our survivorship and help the American Cancer Society continue to save lives from cancer!
I first participated in Relay For Life of Memphis last April. It was an opportunity to support my co-workers on our Brother International team and raise funds for the American Cancer Society, and it was such a great event!
This year, however, I’ll experience Relay For Life from a different perspective – that of a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with colon cancer last summer, at the age of 39.
I invite other cancer survivors and caregivers from across Memphis to join me at Relay For Life of Memphis on Saturday, April 8 from 2pm to 9pm at Tiger Lane at the Liberty Bowl Stadium.
When I received the news about my diagnosis, my biggest fear was abandoning my family. Thoughts ran through my mind- what will my son do without a father? What will my wife do without a husband? Will they be ok? I was never once worried about myself. My faith reassured me of that. My wife is a nurse and we sought out the best care and began our aggressive fight. I didn’t go to doctor at first because I felt like I was just having normal aging problems. After my wife strongly encouraged me to go, I realized just how close I was to waiting too late. Thankfully, my surgeon and his great team were able to treat the cancer just in time.
Looking back I’d tell myself never to take anything for granted-family, friends, jobs, life! Never take a moment for granted.
Having amazing people around me helped tremendously. Our family, church friends, my co-workers- all of them were willing to offer words of encouragement and I had many people praying for me. My faith was a huge part in giving me peace. There were moments when I didn’t think I could go on, but that’s when someone would call or come by to visit. There’s one thing I remember telling myself: No matter how bad you have it, there’s always someone who has it worse.
If you know anyone going through cancer, please take the time to visit them. Take the time to show them that you are thinking about them and that you are there if they need someone to talk to. Offer words of encouragement. Pray for them.
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Robert is a colon cancer survivor and a member of Brother International’s Memphis Relay team
Since March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, let me remind you to talk with your doctor about cancer screening tests that are right for you. If you are experiencing any health issues, at any age, contact your doctor. Taking control of your own health could save your life.
If cancer has touched your family, get involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life movement to fight back. Every action we take moves us closer to