In December of 2007, at the age of 35, I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer after suffering for 12 years with ulcerative colitis. It was, and still is, a very challenging time in my life. Thanks to the love and support of my family and friends, I am going to beat this disease. I have been married to my wife, Nicole, for 15 years, and we have a beautiful four-year-old daughter, Brooke.
In January 2008, Dr. Robert Fry of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia removed my entire large intestine, created a temporary ileostomy and created a J-Pouch. In June 2008, I had the "take down" surgery, which removes the ileostomy and reconnects the bowel and J-Pouch. In September 2008, after being out for eight months, I returned to work as a police detective. Shorty after I returned to work, I started chemotherapy. In March 2010, I was finally told I was in remission.
I joined and am very proud to be part of the CCA's Buddy Program. It is a terrific program that allows me to share my story and encourage others to fight through their disease and let them know things can, and will, get better.