In November 2008, I went to my family surgeon, Dr. Sunil Lalla, for my yearly check up. He asked me how long it had been since I had a colonoscopy and I told him that it had been two years. He said I needed one because of my age.
When my report came back showing that I had cancer and needed surgery, my family was told to accompany me to the doctor’s office. When he told me that it was malignant and that I need to take chemotherapy, his nurse, Mandy Gooch, wrapped her arms around me and told me that things would go fine. She had some great words for me.