Todd Lovern has always done his best to stay in excellent overall health. But in November 2010, while in training for his second marathon, he was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer. Although his family had no history of cancer, he now knows that one of the saddest facts about colon cancer is that “it starts out very silent.” He has had eight rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, as well as liver surgery and ileostomy reversal surgery, and is now in maintenance phase of treatment to keep the cancer from coming back.
Todd, who receives care at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, is grateful for “Support of Friends and Family and my Faith.” In his words, “the good news for you is it is treatable if detected early. I am blessed in that I paid attention to some changes in my body and went to my doctor who referred me to get a colonoscopy … So please, get a colonoscopy if you are 50 or more and if under 50 check your family history of cancer or if you have any symptoms at all please seek medical advise immediately and DO NOT WAIT.”