Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 Brian J. Pearson could save your life
June 23 marks the first anniversary of the passing of Brian J. Pearson, my husband and father of our three beautiful children. Only 52 years young when stage 4 esophageal cancer took his life. Today my family chooses to honour Brian and celebrate his life. We ask all our friends and family to pass on our message.
In his early 40’s, Brian suffered from painful digestive symptoms and was diagnosed with an ulcer. With medicine and change in diet, he managed the pain. For nearly a decade he consumed antacids on a regular basis attributing it to the ulcer. We never thought anything of it. The antacid’s seemed to do the job and relieve the symptoms. It was only excruciating back pain that finally compelled him to see a doctor, in fact, the emergency room at Toronto General Hospital. With no family history of cancer, how could he have known that by this time he not only had cancer but stage four esophageal cancer; inoperable.
Listen to your body- seriously
The truth is cancer talks, and it shows itself in both subtle and obvious ways whether you choose to acknowledge it or not. Statically men are less likely to call their doctor when they feel pain or follow up with any recommendations for treatment and tests. My husband Brian was one of those men. Organizing his papers I found a requisition for blood test dated almost two years before he passed. How can I help but wonder how different our lives would be if his cancer was detected then?
Early detection saves lives
So today, June 23rd, 2019, help us spread the word that the health of the men we love matters. If it’s been a year since you’ve seen your doctor or if you have been experiencing pain for more than a week your body is trying to tell you something. Today you must listen. Today without delay, call, text or schedule an appointment with your doctor. Today schedule any tests or fill any outstanding prescriptions. Do it for the people you love but more importantly, do it for yourself. Just do it! June 23rd will always be the day we lost Brian but it can also be the day he helped save someone’s life. Maybe even your own.
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