Rich Goade

Rich Goade was 34 when he was diagnosed with colon cancer, which has a history in his family. He was treated at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and UW Medical before he moved to Utah, where he has continued his care at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Intermountain Medical Center, and St Marks Hospital. “In the beginning,” Rich recalls, “everything felt like an uphill battle. I felt alone and worried. After many many more trials, I have come to realize that I am not alone in this. My family, my friends and many many doctors, nurses and staff are there to help me. I have never felt stronger and more supported.”

Rich feels that he takes much less for granted than he used to, adding “I try to take things one day or one issue at a time.” As for the most important thing he’s learned since becoming a colon cancer patient, Rich feels that “the Lord will not give us more than we can handle. It may take time to realize, but we can overcome our trials if we choose to follow him.”