Today is a “guest post,” in the sense that the majority of the words are not mine. Instead of writing a typical post/update, I feel that time is needed to express the well being of a great person and friend. A message sent yesterday (November 9th) via social media shook the world of my family, friends, and outlining circles that included people who I do not know. But when a friend affected by a serious disease, it’s best to do as much as you can including donate, speak of awareness, and send as many positive vibes and thought his way during a time of need.
After donating, I feel the need to do what I think is best: write.
Before I stop my words in this post and let the words of Josh’s wife, Kelsey, ring out, it was interesting this Sunday’s brunch at The Buzz Cafe. My brother, his fiance, and I were eating, enjoying a post-Mass meal, when the television above caught our eye. The report in the byline read that colon cancer was on the rise in young adults. This was bittersweet to say the least, and coincidental (now, are there such things as coincidences?) that this is a topic of the morning on national news. It’s shocking to feel at a loss for words, again, after the terrible news already knocked the wind out of us.
Josh was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer on October 31st, 2014, at the age of 28. After experiencing some gastrointestinal issues, a CT scan showed a 3″ tumor in his sigmoid colon, multiple lesions on his liver and an enlarged lymph node adjacent to his liver. A biopsy confirmed that these tumors were adenocarcinoma.
Unfortunately, the tumors are on both sides of his liver making them inoperable as too much of the organ would have to be removed. Radiation would also be too toxic for the liver at this magnitude. We are scheduled to begin chemotherapy within the next week. Our hopes are that chemo along with other alternative treatments will help shrink the tumors to where they can then be removed.
Josh and his wife, Kelsey, moved from Syracuse to Baltimore in 2013 to pursue their dream of starting a family (baby Begley is due Feb 1st) and opening a chiropractic practice. Perhaps there was a bigger purpose for the move…to give Josh some of the best doctors in the world to help his fight against cancer.
With numerous out-of-pocket medical expenses and the temporary closure of Josh’s office during treatment, we are hoping to raise funds to help with the burden and stress of this disease. Any donation, large or small, is appreciated more than words will ever express.
Thank you for your love and support. We could not do this without all of you and we are so very grateful to have such an amazing support system.
With great love, there are always miracles.
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You’re in all our thoughts, Josh, to overcome this and have a successful recovery.
I play with words and invisible objects.
A mind, a pen and a piece paper have the best relationship ever.
"Remember this--if you shut your mouth, you have your choice."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald