Tuesday, September 8, 2015

This disease can strike anyone at any age

This disease can strike anyone at any age
My name is Sid Chapnick and I am a survivor of colorectal cancer stage 2. I was diagnosed in 2007 and I underwent chemotherapy (xeloda) and radiotherapy. I invite you to attend the Annual Challenge Walk / Run Kick Butt for colorectal cancer and also share how excited I am to have been invited to share my personal story. My story began 5 years ago, during my first meeting with the support group Cancer Care  Manitoba. After mentioning that I had once been a runner before the first Manitoba Marathon in 1979 and I had run three half-marathons in 2006, the challenge Kick Butt was born. I had mentioned that I had never heard of a walk or a run for colorectal cancer and I wanted to organize a race to help promote awareness of this disease.

My first co-chair, the late Kait Arnot was quite the kind of woman you can not say no! As soon as I set foot in that first meeting in Cancer Care, she handed me an information folder Canadian Colorectal Cancer Association and a blue lapel pin bearing the image of colorectal cancer. And then, taking the matter in hand, she called me the next day to tell me she would help me organize the race. The success of this first race surprised us with 200 participants and $ 25,000 raised for the ACCC in Manitoba.

Don Hutton was another go-getter who worked hard as co-chair and sponsor. Don has dedicated his battle against cancer to advocate for funding Avastin therapy and its role as a volunteer mentor for the ACCC. With him as co-chair, we brought together over 300 participants and raised just under $ 50,000.

Before continuing, I would be remiss not to introduce our spokesman for the race. That we wish to see as colorectal cancer face, Lara-Lea Avery, her husband Dale and son Riley. Lara-Lea was diagnosed when she was 29 years old. As she says, she would like the message to be heard the following "This disease can strike anyone at any age."

Sure, I read everything I can get on colorectal cancer. Research report that vitamin D and a small dose of aspirin a day can help prevent the recurrence of colorectal cancer, and I take my daily dose of vitamins. Another study demonstrated (when I followed my soup diet the month before my surgery) that follow a Mediterranean diet could help prevent the recurrence of metastatic colorectal cancer stage III. So I dieted almost no red meat since the publication of this study.

Volunteering as a mentor for cancer ACCC and try to promote awareness in Manitoba about this terrible disease occupies most of my time. I had never thought of spending so much time discussing everything related to the intestines! Now I know a lot about colonoscopy, hemorrhoids, flatulence and constipation. Add to that an equal number of conversations about early detection of colorectal cancer, so that every day counts for the future. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my story with you.


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