Jill and Marc wrote -
In November 2014 our father was getting presurigcal testing done for an elective surgery when they noticed he was bleeding internally and was rushed to the hospital.
Fast forward a couple of weeks, our family was sitting in front of an oncologist being told they believed he had Stage 3 Stomach Cancer. He completed a cycle of chemotherapy, which made it appeaer the cancer had not spread. Due to these results, he was approved for a gastrectomy (stomach removal), which we knew would be a tough road, but one with a more positive outcome in the long run. He went in for what was supposed to be a 6-7 hour surgery, and after 2ish hours when we saw the doctor, we knew something was wrong. When the doctor started the surgery, it showed that the cancer had spread throughout his body, making him a Stage 4 patient and surgery no longer a possibility.
We were told he will never be cured of this disease, but his amazing team of doctors are doing all they can to contain it. I never heard about Stomach Cancer before this and was amazed to find out that the symptoms are so "normal" like indigestion and heartburn, that most people are so far along in the disease when they are diagnosed.
We all admire his positive attitude. He has some good days and some not so good days, but he is a fighter! It really reminds you to appreciate the little things in life and to live each day to the fullest. Our dad likes to drive the nurses crazy and talk about they ugly band aids the doctor's offices have, while we pull out cartoon band aids for him. For each chemo session, he wears a silly hat or outfit. Even though he is going through this, he still enjoys making others laugh around him. it's amazing to see the other patients receiving chemo and how they respond to his silliness.
For everyone who knows our dad, he loves to laugh and make others laugh around him... even at his own expense. That is one of the things that keeps us all going.
Please join us, along with our family and friends laugh to raise money and awareness for stomach cancer.
-Marc and Jill