My favorite uncle just died of it yesterday (well, he was my only uncle on my mum's side, but hey, still my favorite). He just turned 48 last Dec 11 and now he's dead. He left behind a wife and three young kids.
I've been coming to terms with it in my own way over the past day, but now the grief is hitting me. It's horrible news to hear on new year's day so I kinda pushed it to the back of my mind. My mom heard the news right after she landed back here after visiting family, including him, in the Philippines. He died while she was on the flight, and she's devastated that she was not there for his final moments, when if she had left just a day later, she could've been there for him.
He was an oncologist, well versed in the prevention and treatment of cancers, but this disease still struck him. He did several months of chemo, but it was still not enough to beat back the disease. My mom said that even as he was in the ICU, he was still pretty lucid and in control of himself and what treatments were being done to him. In the end though, his body just gave out.
So yeah, just a friendly reminder to get tested for colon cancer.