Strong Arm Selfie


As many of you who have been following my blog know; I am a stage IV colon cancer survivor! And I have had quite a roller coaster ride since Halloween Day in 2011. Seven surgeries, fifty one chemotherapy treatments, over ten different chemotherapy drugs, numerous CT Scans, MRIs, Blood Tests, Ultrasounds. Once again I’m happy to report a continued NED status (e.g. No Evidence of Disease). Dr. Krauss gave me the good news in my September appointment with him.

fightcrcWill you support the Fight?

Stand Up to Cancer (su2c) is hosting a telethon tonight (9/9/2016) to raise resources for fighting cancer (all cancers). The show will be on ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC at 8|7c. Follow this link if you want to give via the web. You may also choose to fight for colon cancer specifically by support (link). FightCRC is also promoting the #StrongArmSelfie as a show of support for the fight against cancer. Let’s see those strong arms. 🙂


Important Reminders

I’d like to remind you all of a few important things…

  1. If you have colon cancer family history PLEASE consult your doctor about a colonoscopy. It may be prudent for you to have a colonoscopy sooner than age fifty.
  2. If you’re age fifty or approaching age fifty, please schedule a colonoscopy.
  3. A colonoscopy can prevent cancer! A lot of people think this procedure is simply to tell if you have cancer. NO!!! It truly can prevent cancer. If pre-cancerous polyps are found and removed they will NOT grow into full-blown stage IV cancer.
  4. A lot of people in Michigan are deficient in Vitamin D3 (per my doctor at UMHC). And there is strong correlation between Vitamin D3 deficiency and various cancers. Get your levels tested. And take Vitamin D3 if you are deficient! This too may just prevent cancer.

A Good Read Recommendation…

On my doctor’s recommendation I just finished reading “The Obesity Code, Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss” by Dr. Jason Fung. After reading this book I strongly recommend. It gave me a new perspective on many old ideas related to weight loss. It truly was a fast and informative read. I hope it will pay dividends in my weight management and I hope some of you may find this book interesting, informative, and useful.

Thank You

Thank you all once again. Thank you for your prayers, support, encouragement, and understanding. And may God Bless you today, tomorrow, and all your days on this wonderful planet.



#FightCRC #StrongArmSelfie #crcAdvocacy #su2c

5 Comments on “Strong Arm Selfie”

  1. Connie Scamihorn says:

    OMG your picture is so cute. Cute and smart — just two of the many reasons I married you.
    Love, Wife

  2. Jim Carr says:

    Phil, you are an inspiration. So happy for you and your family! Keep it up!!!

  3. Theresa Walter says:

    I’m reading the same book based on Dr. Krauss’ suggestion. It’s very interesting!

  4. Mary Orne says:

    Hi Phil, thank you for your wonderful inspirational blog. I too have been battling colon cancer with mets to abdomen and liver, I was originally diagnosed in December of 2012 at 46 yrs old. I have 4 kids and 3 grandkids so I relate to your family posts and like to see the updates. I found your blog last month and read it over a couple days while searching for info on erbitux rash. I am so inspired by your story and just got my CEA results the other day and it has gone down from 58 to 16! I am so excited! I was wondering if you are still doing a small amount of erbitux to stay NED?

    I hope you have a wonderful day and Congratulations on being cancer free – God Bless you and your family – Mary

    • Phil says:

      Mary, My last Erbitux treatment was 2/25 last year. So today is the one year anniversary of no treatments and still NED. I hope UMHC will manage as well for you as it did for me. God Bless you and your family. Love and Light to you as well. Phil

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