Melanie Cooper

Heart & Sole Twilight 5K - 2017

I woke up on Sunday, October 2, 2016 feeling like any other morning and very quickly experienced a medical emergency. A lot of it is fuzzy but I remember my husband, Isaiah, trying to pick me up off the bathroom floor after passing out. I was prepared to go back to bed and sleep it off, you know, like Super Mom does, but Isaiah insisted on having me checked out and that resulted in being transported to the ER. While he had some speculations, the attending physician could not explain all the bleeding and referred me to my PCP for a follow up. A colonoscopy was recommended to try to get to the root of the problem and that revealed a tumor and large polyps that turned out to be colon cancer. I was referred to an excellent surgeon who didn't waste any time and on November 18 I had surgery to remove 13" of my colon. The cancer cells tested as invasive so I am now being closely monitered by an Oncologist to make sure they do not return.It was a fairly slow recovery, at least it felt really slow, but the only indication anything ever happened now is an inch long scar right above my bellybutton. The advancements in medicine are extraordinary!

Not everyone wins the battle, however.  As you read this, my sister-in-law Holly is very quickly losing her fight with this terrible disease.  First diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2007 and Metastatic Cancer in June 2014, the cancer has now spread to her brain and spine. A double masectomy, hip replacement, and multiple other surgeries along with repetitive chemotherapy and radiation have not been enough and, as Holly recently said, "the cancer is winning." We don't know how much time we have left but we are enjoying every day we have with her and running this race in her honor.

The Twilight 5K raises money for the Maine Cancer Foundation and all donations stay right here in our state to fund research and patient programs. Thank you all for your support!

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