The Colon Cancer Podcast
About This Show
A one-on-one interview with survivors, care-givers and others affected by the all-too-common, but not as “famous” cancer. Join us as a new guest shares their story and shines some light on the darkness of colorectal cancer.
Most Recent Episode
Managing Grief, With Renee Scott
In this episode, I interviewed Gladys (Renee) Scott. Renee and I discussed her role as caregiver for her husband, Scott and how she managed her grief after he passed away.
Lee: Hi Renee! Welcome to the Colon Cancer Podcast. How are you?
Renee: I’m doing well, how are you?
Lee: I’m great, thank you so much for spending time and agreeing to speak with me today. You’ve got an important topic to share with us, it’s not one that we’ve spent a whole lot of time with. The last time we talked about the whole process of grief was with Tom Zuba, who is the author of “Permission to Mourn: A New Way to do Grief” but you know you’ve been very out there on Facebook and Jeannie Moore was kind enough to connect the two of us and if you wouldn’t mind for our listeners just take us back to your journey and you know life as a caregiver and let’s just start there
Renee: Okay, I met Scott in 2001 and we met on a dating service and when we met we hit it off immediately. We met in April married in July!
Lee: Oh my goodness, wow!
Renee: And so I just know it was in God’s plan because the very next year in 2002 he was diagnosed with stage 1 colon cancer. It was very small at that time and they did a laparoscopic and I remember I always went to his doctors appointments with him and you know they said it was, you know if when removed it it would be okay and then small and things of that nature and so they removed it at that time and of course I used colon cancer lines quite often with Jeannie. I called several times with the 800 number and asked questions and educated myself on how to care for him and what it was. This was 2002 I believe and so we moved on from that, and I believe it reoccured again, I believe around 2005 we never worried about it too much in between. We just had faith that everything was okay and we lived and so it reoccured and this time I believe it was stage 2, I believe or, it was maybe stage 2 something I don’t remember exactly what it was but it did reoccur right at almost exactly the 5 year mark and again this time he had the surgery no chemo yet because according to the recommendations for that particular diagnosis you didn’t have to have chemo at that time you could if you wanted to. And he had complications, I think that was the problem, with the reason it came back the third time is during that particular surgery there were complications– his bladder was punctured and they