There has been a decent amount of media coverage announcing the fact that it is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. I thought I'd mention it too. My grandfather (Ivan Ireland) and my wife both had their lives cut short by this disease. My grandfather fell into the demographic that is most often focused on when awareness is being encouraged. Jen did not. In hindsight, what would we have done differently to possibly catch Jen's disease early? I'm not sure. When Jen was plugging away with life, treatments, and and hopes for eventual cure we only looked forward. Now I need to start looking backward with her doctors and others to try to find answers to what we could have done. It would mean so much to me and our family to know that lessons learned from Jen's experience had saved another life.
Please take a few minutes to read the "Know the Issues" page on the Colon Cancer Alliance website. Maybe with a little bit of education in combination with the knowledge gained by following Jen's story, we can effectively help someone recognize a serious issue. Early detection can save a life.