Sisters bond through colon screenings


"My name is Susan Record and I’m 52 years old, married with two grown children. My parents are still living and I have two sisters, one older and one younger. My family is very close and my sisters and I are always doing something together, the story about to share is one thing I never thought my sisters and I would do together, but so glad we did!

I have always been very faithful about going for my yearly exams with my gynecologist. As I like to call it to get my tires rotated (mammogram) and have my oil checked (Pap smear). When I turned 49 my doctor started talking about me having a colonoscopy.  Of course I said “Oh no my exhaust system is fine, no need for anyone to go bothering it!”   I felt that my privates where invaded enough, no need to go there! So of course for two years he asks every time I saw him and I said no thank you.

So summer of 2013 arrived I was in Cancun Mexico for the first time with three wonderful girl friends. We had just had four great days of fun, food and sun! Love summer, what a way to start it off, it’s going to be a great one!

As I was getting ready to board my flight for home I get a call from my daughter (Makenzie). She tells me my Dad is in the hospital, tests are being done, but not sure what is wrong. He is very weak and they are giving him blood. I quiz her about what could be going on, she is an RN, but she won’t say anything for sure. So it’s time to board the plane so I tell her I will call when we land in a couple of hours.

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My story: They used words like 'aggressive' and 'advanced'

"Off and on through most of my adult life, I thought I had hemorrhoids, or something related. In 2006, at the age of 52, I went to Dr. Wayne Tuckson. He did a colonoscopy, and found I had stage 4 colon/rectal cancer.

"He shared a treatment plan with my family and me, explaining we were "playing catch-up". He sent me to 2 other great doctors, Dr. Thomas Woodcock for chemo and Dr. William Spanos for radiation. I did chemo (Avastin) 24/7, through a pick in my arm, and went to radiation 5 days a week at Brown Cancer Center. I received a 24 hour quarantined radiation as well.

"They thought I would quite possibly lose my colon. Well, the cancer went away.Yippee! However, a few months later, it had re-appeared in my liver, again stage 4. They used words like "aggressive" and "advanced". So they put a port in my chest, and I did chemo again.

"Dr. Charles Scoggins took out 65% of my liver. (The liver grows back.) I am happy to say that everything worked. Since 2007, I have had no cancer, and feel fine. I have had a couple of colonoscopies and CT scans. I know that anything could change tomorrow, but I am grateful to the doctors, and other health care professionals, who helped me through."

--- Ben Houchens, Louisville, Ky.


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