Paul led a pretty active life, including participating in an Ironman triathlon prior to being diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer in 2013 at the age of 43. Given his activity level, and having no family history of colon cancer, he ignored symptoms he had experienced for a few years. Fortunately, doctors at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the University of Washington were able to aggressively treat his cancer and after a year of treatment that included a round of chemo and radiation, surgery, and then six more months of chemotherapy, he is now cancer free.
In Paul’s words, “A positive outlook is critical to fighting colon cancer and dealing with the side effects of treatment. I did everything I could to lead a normal life during treatment and set goals for my life after the treatment.”
He participated in a triathlon and a couple of 1/2 marathons while going through chemotherapy, and is now planning on taking part in the Ironman Whistler — 15 months after diagnosis, 12 months after surgery, and six months after finishing chemotherapy.