A couple days late, but this May I’m participating in Workout to Conquer Cancer to get moving and support BC Cancer patients!
Why am I doing this?
Well...my husband, Perry was just diagnosed with colon cancer three weeks ago, on April 12, 2021, and it has been a whirlwind.
Perry went in for a colonoscopy that day and I thought I would just pick him up at the parking lot when everything was done. Instead, I was asked to go inside to meet him so they can go over the results with us. "Oh F@ck...," I thought to myself, "this is not normal because they did not ask me to go in last time when I came to pick up my mom after her procedure." It happened like the movies, we were brought into an examination room, with two folding chairs set up side by side in front of the doctor and a nurse. The nurse greeted me with sad eyes, and again, I thought..."Oh, F@ck."
The doctor told us that Perry has colon cancer and we need to go home, pack some belongings and head straight to ER for emergency attention. We were shocked, we were sad, we were afraid. We also had no time to think. We got in the car and went into triage mode...who do we need to call first and what do we need to tackle before admitting. Perry made his calls...family, friends-who-are-really-brothers, work partners. I called mom and dad to let them know, and that I need to drop off the dog while we figure this out.
Exactly a week later, on April 20th, Perry went into surgery to have the mass removed. It is stage 2 cancer.
One in two British Columbians are impacted by cancer. Perry is now considered a BC Cancer patient, and I am now considered, "impacted".
From the day that we learned that Perry has cancer, we have received tremendous support from our family and friends. We are so lucky to have this circle of people. Your prayers, kind words, positive energy, flowers, food (of all forms), group chats, love...we felt and continue to feel every bit of it, and it made us less afraid and more powerful. The mind is a powerful tool (as many of you have told us), and truly, we are finding strength in numbers.
That's why I've committed to move and raise funds for patients, survivors and those we've lost. This challenge is more than exercise, it's about joining a community who know that together we can make an impact for those we love and have loved.
So, as we make our journey through recovery and whatever the treatment plan might look like in weeks/months ahead, please show your support by making a donation this month.