Most people never stand up, speak up or even step out of their comfort zone for a cause of any kind unless it affects them personally, and I’m no different. In a season when my life should be easy, it seemed to have intensified.
In early 2014 my wife (Annette) had what we thought was a routine colonoscopy. While she had some discomfort in some areas of her body, her concerns wasn’t nearly to the magnitude we were about to discover. In the consultation after to colonoscopy the doctor simply said “your colonoscopy looks fine, but there’s something else going on with you and I’m not quite sure what it is, so I’m going to order a cat scan”. Not really thinking about anything major we went to see the doctor the next week as a follow up. Laughing and joking around about a trip we were planning the doctor came in, and in an instant he changed our lives forever. With no bedside manner he looked at his chart then looked at Annette and said…YOU HAVE OVARIAN CANCER…stage three.
The Journey Begins:
After the initial SHOCK and tears of great uncertainty the 1st words Annette uttered from her mouth were “Does this mean I’m going to die?” But with a solid foundation and grounded in faith we went to work. After getting a 2nd and 3rd opinions, surgery was imminent so we settled on a hospital, a team of doctors and a course of action. Months later and many rounds of chemotherapy Annette was ruled officially in remission only for the cancer to come back worse than it was originally.
If anybody ever tells you, since you have faith…that’s all you need, I’ll just say that’s not true. As a man of faith I know that’s very important but you also need a strong prayer life and an awesome support base of family and friends who will be there for you in the times when you feel like you just can’t make it another inch.
I remember when the cancer came back and Annette’s doctors only gave her 4 months to live (almost a year ago), I was riding in my car and a song by Tye Tribbett came on the radio and it said “If He did it before, He can do it again, Same God Right Now…Same God Back Then” and it was in that moment I knew she would be ok…even though I didn’t know what ok might look like.
The Battle Continues On Two Levels:
While going with Annette to her weekly infusion treatments I saw so many people struggling, struggling to get to treatment, struggling as they went through treatment, struggling to get home from treatment and then struggling to pay for it after they had it. Through this experience I learned the difference between Cancer Research and Cancer Resources thus CANCER AWARENESS AND RESOURCE NETWORK was birthed. There are many, many people advocating for the cancer research to find a cure and likewise there are billions of dollars given to that effort every year and that’s great. However, there are so many people in need of medication who can’t afford it or have medical insurance but can’t afford the co-pay. After you’ve been diagnosed and you have to stop working for a period of time because of treatment, your income stops but your bills don’t. Eventually, many people may benefit from the cancer research, but today they need help right here, right now…these are the people we focus on because there are little to no dollars allocated for them!
Today we continue to fight this battle of cancer on two levels, Annette continues to fight this battle personally and have some good days and some tough days. While Cancer Awareness and Resource Network has joined the fight to bring a greater awareness to a greater population of people, the signs and symptoms of cancer and to help in the financial, emotional, spiritual and nutritional battle they may face.
When you hear those three most devastating words “you have cancer” it literally sucks the life out of you and adds an unimaginable level of stress to your life and we know stress can kill you all by itself. Our goal is to help you handle the other stresses of life so you can focus on getting well.
There are two things we need from you:
We fight for education.
To bring a greater awareness to a greater population of the signs, symptoms, the test and trials of cancer.
We fight for those who can't fight for themselves
To bring ready resources to those who have been diagnosed and have financial, emotional and nutritional needs.
We need your help!
We’re seeking angel donors as we continue to raise capital through fundraisers, grants, endowments as well as individual donations.