My journey began in early July with abdominal pain that became progressively worse, culminating in a trip to Banner Thunderbird Hospital on July 10th . Unfortunately it was not the stomach flu as I suspected and testing results led to a diagnosis of Stage IV Colon Cancer, deemed to be Mucinous Adenocarcinoma.
Mucinous adenocarcinomas accounts for 10-15% of all adenocarcinomas, and are considered quite aggressive cancers compared to regular adenocarcinomas, and are harder to treat. The oncologist has suggested an aggressive chemo therapy of 12 sessions to combat this aggressive form of cancer. He believes that this style of treatment can provide me with another two - five years of remission depending on advances in treatment funded by investments and donations to fund necessary research.
As with all estimations, it is just that. There are many newer treatments that have been successful in delaying, treating and leading to remission. I plan to be an outlier on the positive side and beat this ugly disease completely!
From Kevin’s son, Richard:
We are continuing to research, learn, and explore options for the best outcome moving forward. We take this opportunity to reflect on the precious, fleeting moments we all encounter on a daily basis and recognize the beauty and gift that each holds. Please hug your kids, spouses, parents, friends, and Smile. Enjoy the moment. Live life. Dad spent time today discussing his love for others and his genuine appreciation of the love and kindness he has been witness to. Dad encouraged us to give kindness to others more regularly, and to do so with genuine love in our hearts. He also spoke about maintaining a balance between planning for the future, learning from the past, and actually living in the moment!
Dad has always told us boys to work hard and to be passionate about our pursuits in life. He said if we did this, we would always be successful. These words of wisdom are coming full circle now I know that if Dad keeps the mentality he had today and works hard to fulfill his passion about another decade of beautiful moments strung together with hope and love; he will surely be successful.
Please keep praying, loving and believing.. Beyond family and faith, Dad finds hope and strength from the comments and sheer number of followers on this site. As new comments pop up, we read them to him. Mom has also taken great joy in the comments others have left. If you find the time to share this with a friend that knows Mom or Dad, or the time to comment and share some love to further support these two amazing people, it would be greatly appreciated
One of the major goals of this blog, beyond keeping everyone updated on Dad, is to positively impact others through education, awareness, and investments.
Above all, keep faith, share kindness, give love, and enjoy the moments of life.
Kevin’s Rules to Live By:
1. "Colonoscopies are your friend!" ~ Kevin
2. “Today will be better, and tomorrow will be better yet.” ~ Kevin
3. “Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make you happy; like an orange popsicle.” ~ Amanda
4. “The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.” ~ Mark Twain
5. “Each step I take and each hand grip exercise I do is another step I will be able to take and another hand I will be able to hold with my grandchildren, even the ones I haven’t met yet.” ~ Kevin
6. "Make the most of every minute, hour and day … Do something every day to make someone feel special." ~ Kevin
7. "No doesn’t really mean NO, it just means you haven’t worked hard enough to get a “Yes.” ~ Kevin
8. “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
To keep in touch with Kevin's journey please visit his blog, "The Upside of Down":