My husband, Clevert, was diagnosed with small intestine cancer, stage 3 in 2005. He had been suffering from Crohn’s disease for 10-years. We were married and living happily with two cats and a dog. When he told me his diagnosis, I felt like my stomach come up in my throat. I thought the "C" word, cancer, was far away from my life.
The doctor explained that small intestine cancer was a very rare type of cancer, and treatment options were unknown. We were very worried. At the time I had little medical knowledge, so I explored websites to explore treatment options. Having this knowledge helped me confront the facts.
My husband told me the strategy was to try medication to survive day-by-day, and wait for new medications to treat his cancer. He had several different medications every few months and was doing very well. He did not look like he was battling cancer. In the beginning of 2006, the doctor gave us the option to try the very latest medications. We were overjoyed; however, there were complications.
At the end of 2006, he was admitted to ER. The surgeon went to check his colon didn’t find any cancer. The pathology test did. The doctor told us that my husband should think about my life after his passing. We cried in the hospital room.
One of my husband’s friends advised him to get a 2nd opinion. The new doctor suggested one of the latest medications. He was responding well until February 2007. In March 2007, he lost his appetite and lost a lot of weight. On June 17, 2007, he passed away at home.
Although this was a difficult time, my husband’s optimism helped us cope with our daily lives. He never complained of any pain or about his condition. He drove to work and took his injection chemotherapy with him. He was a clinical psychologist and continued treating his patients up until the week before he passed away.
Today, I am also in the medical field. I have been working in research since 2006. I hope my work will contribute to saving more peoples’ lives. I see new cancer medications on the market now that could have helped him survive. Advances are constantly being made and more treatment options are available.
I will continue to work in the research field to help save more peoples’ lives. I hope someday we have medications to cure cancer.
World Cancer Day