Thank you for visiting. This cause is very dear to me and my family, and we appreciate all the support we can get! My husband Dan was an active guy. He was a police officer and loved spending time with his family. He had two children ages 8 and 11 when he was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer in July 2017 at the age of 44. He wasn't scheduled to have a routine colonoscopy until the age of 50. He had minor symptoms that he may have overlooked and his main symptom was back pain.
An earlier colonoscopy, had we known then what we know now, could have saved his life. The American Cancer Society has changed its recommendations for screening guidelines and lowered the age last year to 45 years of age.
Ironically, Dan's last birthday on earth was the year he turned 45, but it was too late for him. The disease once it takes hold and spreads, can be very brutal. He fought this disease from day one enduring double chemo regimes, internal and external radiation treatments and traveling to bigger cancer institutes for experimental clinical trials. He lived for 11 months after his diagnosis.
My goal is to advocate for earlier screening so others can avoid the Hell that we have lived through with this disease that is claiming more and more younger people from teens to mid forties. This is not an old person's disease anymore. Let's work together to help others learn about this disease. Together we can make a difference! Best - Kristina, Ben and Julia
Friday, March 1st kicks off National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Colorectal Alliance's National Wear Blue Day. I will be wearing blue for Dan. Please wear blue this Friday and/or wear the colorectal dark blue awareness ribbon to make people aware of this disease which is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.