Board of Dir.
Serving the Present... Remembering the Past...
The following plea by
Dee Pearson is on behalf of her husband Tony.
In early Jan., this year, Tony again asked for a colonoscopy; later that day he told me “I never felt like she blew me off before, but she did today. She told me outright “no” to the colonoscopy.” He then showed me the hemoccult cards she (again) gave him. I asked what he was going to do about it, but he was not sure; he trusted her, but he was going to think it over and look into getting another opinion. He never got the chance.
On 1 Feb surgeons removed a cancer mass slightly
a tennis ball, along with ¾ of his colon, 19 lymph nodes, and a biopsy
liver, which had spots on it. The surgeons asked why he had not gotten
colonoscopy, as the mass had to be growing in him for over 2 years.
pathology report came back; the colon mass was definitely cancer (which
and the liver had cancer; metastatic adnocarcinoma - stage 4. There
mistakes made in Tony’s care at the hospital, but the first was his
s failure to order him a colonoscopy. So, the first purpose of this
Get a colonoscopy. Especially if you have any blood in your stool,
family history of cancer, or are 50 or older. If your healthcare
not order one for you – change providers!
So, the second purpose of this e-mail: If you love someone, make video of them; in this age of technology it’s so easy to do. Do not hide from the video recorder; welcome it! No matter what you look like at the time, you will be stunningly beautiful to your loved ones when the day comes that you have left this earth. They will treasure it and thank you for the gift you continue to give them every time they look at it. Three times we were told Tony would not live through the night, but with many prayers and the grace of God he did; even his doctors were amazed. Tony always believed he would beat his surgery problems and the cancer. Thought it all he never lost faith in the Lord. Tony always said "If my suffering helps anyone in any way, or brings someone closer to Christ; it will all be worth it.” He accepted whatever the Lord had for him. The third purpose and last purpose of this e-mail: Help me to reach as many people as possible by passing this e-mail to everyone you know. Maybe it will encourage them to get a colonoscopy or take video of themselves and their loved ones. Tony and I do not want another person, couple, or family, to suffer they way we have. Please, I ask you to do these things as a gift to you and your loved ones from us.
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