My name is Tom and I am 38 years old. Prior to being diagnosed with cancer this year, I had a benign meningioma in my brain. The surgery was mostly successful, although I now have a cyst where the tumor was and permanent neuropathy in my left foot. I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic colorectal cancer in March. I had very few symptoms but because of my family history, my GI doctor recommended I get a colonoscopy. The colonoscopy revealed three masses in my colon. The one in the sigmoid colon is cancerous. After a PET scan, it was revealed that the cancer has metastasized to my lungs. The diagnosis was a complete shock. I am now being treated at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and have had 8 rounds of chemotherapy.
It has been a rollercoaster and I spent a lot of the summer trying to manage the side effects which caused me to be dehydrated, tired, lose my sense of taste, and exacerbated my already existing neuropathy. Right now after some adjustments to my chemotherapy, I am managing a little better physically. Emotionally it is different every day.
Thomas’ Life List:
- AEW Meet and Greet at the 10/27 show
- WWE Raw tickets, meet and greet 11/2
- Display shelves for action figures