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Thoughts on Being Diagnosed with Cancer

Screening & Diagnosis
The Curtis family has been plagued with cancer for generations. It seems that most of the time there is a Curtis either battling cancer or dying of cancer. Over the years I have seen how cancer torments it's victims with fear and pain, and how it disables entire families with the stress of finances, scheduling medical visits and emotional turmoil. After the death of my uncle Beachel about one year ago when I thought to myself "who's next", I never dreamed it would be me.

Over the past 7 months I began noticing some small changes in my health. I had gained weight, developed a urinary tract infection and seen small streaks of blood in my stool. I went to the Warren County Health Department, where I was treated for the infection. While there the doctors urged me to get a colonoscopy due to my age. The colonoscopy was entirely painless and was completed in less than half a day. I was informed of a mass that was discovered in my sigmoid colon, an…

The Big 'C'

I want to share with everyone my recent bad news. Two days ago I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I'm in the process of having tests to find out if it has spread or if there are any other masses anywhere else. Right now the plan is to remove the tumor next Thursday. It will be major abdominal surgery removing about one foot of my colon and about 8 weeks of recovering. As the days go by I will find
 out more about the intensity of the cancer and make plans accordingly.

I continue to be captain of our youth team and continue work hard for Relay with our Dancing With Our Stars fund raiser this November. Everyone's support and prayers comfort me.

Thank you to everyone who joins the fight against cancer through Relay for Life. Your hard work and compassion will help to end this killer in the near future. Our work is of utmost importance.

Thanks for listening. Keep me in your thoughts as I take some time to fight for myself. And in the words of the Trojans- FIGHT ON!

Darryl Curtis, …