Nov 272017


  • Fundraising progress

    • At $475, up from $225 and goal is $1000, thank you very much, Arash Sayadi, Roger Dabio and Anna Grigsby
    • Now, who will join in here
    • I am matching dollar for dollar up to $1000 at Movember as my contribution
    • I will also in lieu of donating to Movember, donate the same amount in your name to your charity of focus for your donation at Movember
    • This is a “First World” problem and thus needs money and focus to bring about change
  • Move Progress

    • Group Events: I, as well as my immediate family, participated in the Gobblers Jog 5K last Thursday morning in Fishers I am so proud of them, next race we will all make it on time so we will be timed and searchable in the race log 🙂
      Image family Gobbler Jog

      family Gobbler Jog

      The Family and I are registered for a 5K for December, called the Santa Hustle 5K at the Lucas Oil Stadium benefiting the American Red Cross. They have a cookie and candy station !!!!

    • Active Exercise: Working to get my 10k steps in every day of the work week, and 10 minutes of active aka sweating with elevated heart rate each work day and one day on the weekend.
    • Walking Outside: The Family and I walked 3.43 miles outside in the Gobbler Jog 5K, which is the “new” furthest since Sept 1st, 2017
    • In-Home Gym: Using our in-home off day gym in basement
    • Extra Activities: Able to include more activities in at the end of the day and have several events on the calendar, HackerX and Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Awareness and messaging progress

    • Since posting my original article , Week 1 Update and Week 2 Update it has been enlighting talking with family and friends about their health challenges.  Discussing if they have had their echocardiograms or other health screens if a disease runs in their family has been very insightful gives a reason to encourage each other
    • Made some new connections on social media that were real friends and family since my youth that for some reason we see each other in the community yet we’re not connected
    • Anna (Spouse) getting her check-ups done and tracking her own progress with apps – Yah!
    • Zach (Oldest Son) scheduled and tracking his own progress with apps – Yah!
    • Matt (Youngest Son) working to get scheduled for first of year and tracking his own progress with apps
    • Tools – Applications and Devices
      • Plan – I will do a separate article on these since they each have much to offer and there is not a one does it all that I have found and will update this article with the links, however, for now, see below list
      • Mobile Apps
      • Web Apps
      • Devices
        • Heart Monitor Strap with blue tooth – Looking at a getting a Fitbit as my Son’s both have them and really like them as well as some friends like TeresaC.
        • Blood Sugar monitor with blue tooth
        • Blood Pressure unit and cuff
        • Heart rate and oxygen finger monitor
        • Digital Scale for food
        • Digital Scale for body weight
  • Support and encouragement progress

    • Comments:

      • They have come from so many sources and continue to learn more each day on how to approach and absorb the data coming in
      • Thank you for every email, comment, text, IM, call, hug and kind word
      • I can’t say enough about what and how it affects me, except to say it does in a very positive way
    • Virtual and In-Person Coffee Meetups:

      • Anna and I really enjoy these and hope we can get together in person or virtually via any of the video chat platforms, so if we haven’t reached out, feel free to reach out to us to set up a time that works. We know the holidays and your lives are busy, so don’t worry if it is for January or life gets in the way and you need to reschedule
    • Your experience is powerful:

      • If you have an experience you wish to share to bring about awareness to health issues, please contact me and let’s find a way to get the word out so others know they aren’t fighting alone and may have allies right in their own circles they didn’t know were there
      • This was part of my “surprise ??!??” next step from last week’s update, I have a long time friend, Roger, that has shared his experience below my week 3 update picture with you.
  • Next Steps

    • Week 4 and Final Movember 2017 update and video
Image Movember 2017 Week 3

Movember 2017 Week 3

Roger’s story is below this paragraph and in his own words. I am deeply honored and grateful for him sharing this amazing testimony with us and to be able to bear witness and take hope from it. If you have a personal experience you would like to share, please let me know and I will be happy to host or link to it. I feel one of the best things to come out of our collective experiences is the capacity to share them and take a piece of hope and education from that sharing. That can be the urge to get checked out, learn more about your family history, ask that awkward question, deepen your commitment to your education and beliefs, make needed changes and have a deeper relationship with your world and those of importance that are in it. Failure is a bruise to learn from, not a tattoo of shame.

For many years I took my health for granted and lived and ate as I pleased.  I topped out at 230lbs and after seeing some candid pictures of me, I thought, what happened to that athletic guy I use to know.  I started working out on the treadmill and machines at a local gym and started losing weight and gaining some muscle back.  Things were looking good.  I was doing well at work and getting in shape.  After about two years of working out and succeeding at work, I had a wake-up call.

I was seeing blood in my stool and knew if my wife saw this she would freak!  I made an appointment for a checkup and told the doctor what I was experiencing.  They set up an appointment with a Gastroenterologist and he performed a colonoscopy.  While I was in the recovery room following the colonoscopy the doctor came into the room and said, “We found something, we found cancer”.  Wow!

I had an out of body experience when he said that!  He wanted to know if I had time for a CAT Scan now and of course I did.

Come to find out I had Stage 2 T4 Colon cancer.  I did not experience any pain only blood in my stool.  Cancer had grown through the colon wall and had not moved from the site, yet.  If I would have waited any time at all, things could have been very different.

I had a 6-year-old daughter and was fearing her growing up without me and my leadership.  I prayed to God saying that I was worth more here than to be gone from this place.

I had just joined a men’s group at a local church the week of my diagnosis and at the beginning of my first meeting, the pastor was taking prayer requests.  I was not intending on putting this heavy, and personal situation on these men the first time they met me.  But God had other plans, as the pastor left the prayer requests open for which felt like an eternity, I finally spoke up and told the men of my situation.  The pastor came back to me and said, “We need to pray for you RIGHT NOW, so he did.  What happened next can only be described as a “Come to Jesus” with Jesus himself.  I had such an overwhelming feeling shoot through my body and with it was a feeling that everything was going to work out and I would be fine.

I had surgery to remove 13 inches of my colon.  Then spent 14 days in the hospital waiting for my digestive system to wake up from the anesthesia.  They always ask if you have trouble with anesthesia, now I know I do.  I lost 20 lbs in two weeks.  Then I had 6 months of chemotherapy.  My oncologist said she has not seen anyone ever breeze through chemotherapy like I did.  I give God the glory along with working out and eating right.

When all that was done.  I started to fall back into my routines.  Mainly drinking bourbon and beer.  I joined a group called David’s Men at another church when a customer invited me.  It was a year-long program that required you to read a book a month and recite key bible verses along with an assignment that pertained to the subject matter of that month.  The program was how to grow as a man, father, husband, and follower of Christ.  During the second month, I committed to not drinking for 28 days.  I prayed that the desire for alcohol would leave me.   It did.  I have not had a sip of alcohol for over 2 years now.

I have also been working on my health.  I walk 2 miles every weekday in my very hilly neighborhood.  I also do a program of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) five times a week for an hour.  I lived the first 48 years taking my body for granted, but I will not the second 48 years.  I was given a second chance at being the man I was designed to be so I will continue to work on my body, mind, and spirit.  It is the least I can do to show gratitude to the Creator of this body I took for granted too long. Please feel free to reach out to me, Roger, directly or via David, if you would like to discuss colon cancer intimately.

Roger’s LinkedIn profile

Image Roger Dabio Family Photo

Roger Dabio Family Photo