Being a Caregiver | Mission Blog
By Ev Eric
Coach Ev here. Those of you who follow Operation: Conquer no doubt have noticed there have been very few updates lately. On June 7, the day after our 16th wedding anniversary, we received news that my wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer. It's a VERY aggressive invasive ductile carcinoma brought on by the mutation of the HER2 gene. She's had 2 chemo sessions so far and is doing great. In fact, we believe the tumor is shrinking. She's understandably quite tired most of the time which means I step in to handle her duties as well as mine and trying to keep the kids in line. We have a wonderful support network of family and friends who are willing to help out when needed.
I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about cancer in the light of a past blog post where I discuss how most cancers are preventable.
When the diagnosis came in, one of the first things on my mind was, "could this have been prevented? Did we do something wrong?", and the only answer I've been able to discover in the light of proverbial 20/20 hindsight is, "no." For the past several years, we've done the best we could taking care of our health. This cancer was brought on by an internal gene mutation and not by controllable external factors.
My wife, the awesomeness that she is, is still working out, although the routines are lighter than our usual P90X/Insanity workouts.
Even though we are going through this tough time, I still encourage each of you to contact me about your health and fitness issues. I'm not out of the game. In fact, this month I will be going for my Insanity certification to accompany my existing P90X certification.
For the Love of My Life: For the Fight of Her Life
The image on this page is a T-Shirt design that I made. If you would like one to wear to support your loved one, or know someone who may like it for themselves, they can be purchased at CafePress. I have a $5 profit set on these shirts which will go to help pay our co-insurance and co-pays over the next year of her treatment.
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Prayers are sent your way for your wife, you and your family. I can only imagine what your wife is going through. I, always taking care of myself, staying fit and with no family history, was diagnosed with Atypical Hyperplasia. After having a needle biopsy done, it was recommended that I have a lumpectomy, which I will be going through within the next month or two. Your wife will be in my thoughts and just like your title, "Operation: Conquer", she will overcome.
Your T-shirt design is beautiful!
Thank you, Kimberly. Your thoughts are truly heartwarming.
You will be in our prayers as well.