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Summer will soon be here and it's time to meet another member of our community Jeff, better known as Jeff M. Learn about his experience with colorectal cancer and how his sense of humour got him through.

Hi Everyone, I'm Jeff,

I'm a 55 years old, married to a wonderful wife, we have a 16 year old son ( Josh ), 11 year old daughter ( Dawson ) and a 10 year old Black Lab ( Lilly ) and we live in Keswick ON.

 
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In late March 2019 I was diagnosed with Colon Cancer after experiencing blood after going to the washroom. I ignored the signs shortly but then after an incident I booked my self for a Colonoscopy...….it was then that I was told they found a tumour in my sigmoid colon, and that it was cancer....

I was referred to Southlake Village Hospital in Newmarket. I had a great surgeon who explained everything clearly including best case scenario and worst case, but he really took away a lot of anxiety with his confidence. Yesterday ( May 28 ) was my one year anniversary for my surgery, I was in the OR at 8am, back in my room for 10:30am. Surgery went great, Frank told my wife and brother that he "got it all ", I was released on May 30 and able to go home for recovery.

The nurses at Southlake were absolutely amazing. My one nurse " Michelle " was fantastic, in the short time I was there, we always had a good laugh together! Recovery went well, I was up and walking the night of my surgery and was able to get out and walk when I got home.

My next appointment was about a month later when I met my Oncologist, also at Southlake Village in the Stronach Cancer Center. When I met Shaq ( we're on a first name basis ) he explained all the statistics about the chances of this returning, along with the choice of going through Chemo vs not going through it. For me, I opted not because there was a very low chance of this coming back and found out although it was stage 2, this was a very low grade cancer.

So, since our first meeting, I have 2 CT Scans, 1 MRI with bloodwork and to date, it's all good news. In fact, I've been moved to CT Scans every 6 months.With the COVID, I was supposed to have a follow up colonoscopy April 6, however it has been postponed but am expecting a call any day for a new date.

So far, I'm all good and cancer free... If there is one thing I've come to realize over the last year, attitude makes all the difference, I wasn't ready to give in to this disease....with me, a good sense of humour made all the difference...….tried to leave my Dr appointments laughing with everyone......and so far, I've achieved that. I always give my Dr's a big hug instead of shaking hands......pre- COVID that is. Also important to have a good support system, my wife Nancy was my rock and helped me to change my diet, lose 40lbs before surgery. My mom (90 years old ),in Peterborough supported me by phone. My brother Steve drove in from Ottawa and was there the whole time.

Pre surgery, you'd find me on the golf course, riding the 4 wheeler on the trails with my daughter. in the winter, we spend every weekend hammering jumbo perch on Lake Simcoe. After surgery I had to ease up considerably on the golf because I was worried not to stretch too much  but a year later, all ready to go.

During the latter part of my recovery, I was looking for a support group and came across the Cancer Connection web page and joined immediately.

I always tell my story in hopes of helping others, hopefully it does!

Jeff

Thank you Jeff for taking the time to share your experience with us!

 




Comments

Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Jeff. May you continue to have good health and happiness.
  • Posted Sat 20 Jun 2020 03:23 PM EDT
Welcome Jeff M‍ 

So happy you made it through everything well.

Being diagnosed with Cancer is very much the fear of the unknown for how it will affect you and how you will make it through.  Having a great attitude makes a BIG difference.

I'm close to 3 months post radiation and had throat cancer.  Very thankful for the medical community for making it through, plus I followed everything they suggested.

Glad to hear you are the other side of the treatments.  Helping others on her and sharing your experiences give a real insight as we have been through it.

Sincerely,


James



 
  • Posted Sat 20 Jun 2020 01:22 PM EDT
Thank you very much James! Great to hear you’re doing well!

Jeff
  • Posted Sat 20 Jun 2020 02:43 PM EDT
Jeff M‍ , Hi, welcome, your positive energy is reaching all the way to BC.  It shines through in your words.

Live, Love, Laugh
Lauren55
  • Posted Wed 10 Jun 2020 10:24 AM EDT
Thank you for your kind words!

Jeff
  • Posted Wed 10 Jun 2020 11:43 AM EDT
Another inspiring story. Thanks for sharing more of your story.

Angus
  • Posted Mon 08 Jun 2020 08:38 PM EDT
Thanks Angus!!
  • Posted Mon 08 Jun 2020 09:22 PM EDT
Welcome Jeff M‍ !  What a great introduction and i can just tell how wonderful your wife is by the smile on her face in this photo.
So important to hear about treatment that goes well. You can offer so much on this site.
Glad you posted.  Kim
  • Posted Mon 08 Jun 2020 08:33 PM EDT
Thanks!
Pretty sure Nancy’s smile had nothing to do with the Mike’s Hard Lemonade in her hand....lol..

Jeff
  • Posted Mon 08 Jun 2020 09:19 PM EDT

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