Mr. Z was an active man in his fifties who had worked as an attorney, an investor, and a business advisor. In his free time, he participated in various philanthropies related to health care and housing for the disadvantaged. He exercised, ate a balanced diet, and spent ample time with his wife, 2 daughters, and dogs. On August 31, 2012, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Four months later, he died. Mr. Z was my father.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 19, my dad spent his adult life managing his disease, and following all of his doctors’ recommendations. He was closely monitored at expert Inflammatory Bowel Disease centers. He followed the advised gold standard for cancer surveillance, annual colonoscopies.