In July, 2014 I was diagnosed with colon cancer. Later that year after surgery to remove about a foot of my colon, I started on chemotherapy. I had stage 3 colon cancer that required chemo infusions, specifically FOLFOX regime.
Chemotherapy was one of the hardest processes I've ever been through. It takes every bit of energy and mental toughness to show up for your chemo session. It is hard to compare it to anything in sports but here's a shot. Receiving a chemo infusion is similar to how you feel in the last 100 meters of the 400 meter dash. Or it is similar to how you feel in the last 800 meters of a 2,000 meter rowing ergometer race. It is similar to how you feel in the last 25 meters of the fastest 100 meter freestyle swimming race you have ever done. After a treatment, you feel like you've been hit by a truck knowing full well that you have to do it all over again when your next chemo session is scheduled. Oh and by the way, there is a good chance that you will not have an appetite, be nauseous, develop a mouth sore, lose your hair, be sensitive to the cold and a whole host of other side effects.
After 6 months and 12 rounds of chemo treatments, I began a long road to recovery. I started to exercise again. I participated in my first competitive event, a short indoor triathlon in the fall. Since then I’ve slowly been exercising for the triathlon.
When I’m not training for the triathlon, spending time with my family and doing my professional job as a management consultant at Claro, I volunteer at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center. I am a member of the finance committee. Founded in 1852, Mercy is Chicago’s first hospital. It serves a community on Chicago’s Southeast side. Mercy continues the Sisters of Mercy tradition of ministry to the poor, sick and uneducated as lived by their founder Catherine McAuley. Mercy fosters an environment of healing, providing access and needed care with compassion and excellence to the diverse communities it serves.
Please join me in helping Mercy provide its cancer patients high quality care. Your donation will go to helping Mercy’s cancer infusion center. Thank you so much for your help.
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