Ben's Father's Assessment

Cancer in my family

Stoic about pain

We avoided medication

My father's pain

A crusty old character

Cancer changed him

The cancer returned

Cancer changed him

I believe he was probably about 79 when he was first diagnosed, which was a year previous to the second hospitalization. And he had colon cancer and went in for that. He had a colostomy and they nearly lost him on the operating table twice. I would say that my dad really tried to be a warm, caring, compassionate person. That following year he had a different value on life. I think he always valued life, but it was much more intense, the things he enjoyed and appreciated.

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