**update** Leaving Mississippi and heading to Arkansas for a photo shoot. Just wanted to thank everyone for wearing BLUE! Check out the pictures and add yours!
My dad went back to work 2 weeks ago, and is doing remarkably well, especially after being off an entire year to fight this battle.
My first Elite tournament in 2018 at Lake Martin is in the books, finished 28th. A top 30 is always good!
Now, I am on my way to Jackson Mississippi for a Bassmaster Open tournament on Ross Barnette. Tournament starts March 1st and you can follow on Bassmaster.com
March 1st is also the beginning of colorectal cancer awareness month! I have set a goal to raise $500 for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance this month, along with the challenge to each of you to make an appointment to be screened!
In 2018, more than 135,000 people will be diagnosed with this highly preventable disease. #Tomorrowcantwait! #nevertooyoung
Dress in Blue Day is March 2, 2018. I would like to see pictures, feel free to post on my wall!
2017 was my rookie season on the Bassmaster Elite series...The year I had dreamed of, worked for, and it was finally a reality! Just as real as the stage 3 colorectal cancer diagnosis that my dad received shortly after my first tournament. In that year, my family had scheduled vacations around the Bassmaster Classic and other tournaments that would be replaced with appointments for scans, radiation, chemo, and surgeries.
So what makes my story any different than others? Most of us have been touched by cancer somehow, right? . What if someone had told you, the 7 inch tumor, that was found with my dad, was about to turn your life upside down? Even more, could have been detected and possibly prevented?
“COLON CANCER IS THE THIRD MOST COMMONLY DIAGNOSED CANCER, AND THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER DEATH IN MEN AND WOMEN IN THE U.S.”
With regular screening, colon cancer can be found early, when treatment is most effective. In many cases, screening can prevent colon cancer by finding and removing polyps, before they become cancer.
I am one of those people that flip to the back of the book to see the ending first. So that is how I am telling my family’s 2017 story. My dad is cancer free and is starting 2018 with a new enthusiasm and hope for the coming year.
I traveled a lot last year, missed most of his treatments, but was there to see the extensive surgeries that he went through. It is shocking to see what people go through to treat this horrible cancer. I will always remember him saying; even though he was going through treatments himself that, “he was lucky.” While at the cancer center, he would look around the treatment room and see others that seemed much sicker than he was, and younger too!
That is the most common misconception: “colorectal cancer is for old people.” If you notice at the top of this page there is a link: #NEVERTOOYOUNG. This is so true! Early onset of colorectal cancer is a real issue and we need to be proactive.
My colonoscopy was done this past November. I was 22. Although, not the most appealing vision, the procedure was a walk in the park!
Donations via this website are greatly appreciated and will go towards research and awareness efforts, but donations aside, please take the time to educate yourself about colon cancer and what we can do to prevent it, fight it, and defeat it.
I want to challenge each of you to get screened! Please don’t wait until it is too late...please leave a comment below, and let me know when you get your colonoscopy.