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Dear Friends, Family and all who support Cancer,

On August 12 of2012 I was dx with Colon Cancer ? most of you know this news struck out of the blue and I was crushed.  I knew that my future was uncertain and I was imagining the worst: losing my life to cancer like so many others in my extended family had over the years.

I am going to copy my very first post I made on my Caring Bridge as it says it all :

From my heart to all of you who have taken the time and sent the awesome messages - You mean the world to me.

To learn on Friday that I have cancer broke my heart as I have lost so many family members to cancer that I never really worried about myself.

My Paternal Grandmother Pierce died of ovarian and colon cancer.  My beloved Father, John ( Bud) Pierce died of Pancreatic Cancer exactly 2 weeks from the day he was dx.

All of my Dad's siblings (5) died of cancer.  I have lost cousins to cancer and second cousins as well.  My awesome cousin, Lori, is currently battling  Ovarian Cancer and she is my inspiration to stay in the "battle mode" and beat this Cancer.

My loving sister, Beverly, died of ovarian cancer in 2009 so in memory of Bev I will fight as hard as she did and remember with all of you out there thinking of me, I will do well.

I need to recognize my Regina Medical Center Family with whom I worked side by side with for 26 years as they will now be walking beside me as I go into surgery tomorrow.  Dr. Bigelow, Dr. Johnson and Dr. John Carlson you are the best and I trust you 100% - I have no doubts that I am lucky to have you in my life.

To my Tobias Family - I love you and your support during all of Toby's surgeries over the past 36 years have helped us make it through so much.

 

To my son, Todd, who watches over me from heaven, keep a close eye on me tomorrow.

To John, Karen, Mike and there beautiful families - I have always been so proud of you.  Never stop being who you are - be true to yourselves and be happy.

And to my husband, Toby, 41 years we have been together and I expect to be here for our 50th anniversary.

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Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States? One in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer in their lifetime.

But here's the good news: this is a cancer we can beat. With a healthy lifestyle and regular screenings, colon cancer can be prevented and treated.

This cause is close to my heart, so I've teamed up with the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) in support of National Dress in Blue Day. During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March, I'll be raising funds, promoting awareness and honoring those affected by colon cancer.

Please make a contribution today. Your support of National Dress in Blue Day will benefit the CCA's mission and their screening, patient support and research programs and help bring us one step closer a to future free of colon cancer.

Help me raise funds to help fight colon cancer - all funds will be donated to the Colon Cancer Alliance which I am making my personal project by supporting their fund raisers as well as by education of the public about colon cancer. Every small donation will add up to a large one...............

Two of my children, ( 46 and 48 years old) are scheduled for colonscopies in February.  This is such a simple test and it could save your life. Especially with family history as strong as mine I should have been more proactive but I was worrying about ovarian cancer..............

Now I fight to survive and I fight to save as many of you from going through what I am currently going through.

I wish you peace and please, I beg of each of you to be your own best health advocate.  I believe in you.

Kindly,

Mary T./Kitt