My Story: Colorectal Cancer
Ric Watkins talks about whom he leaned on for support and what motivated him to keep a positive outlook during treatment for stage 3 colorectal cancer.
From the very beginning, my wife and I just kept saying, cancer, you're going to lose. That's been our-- our motto.
You're going to lose, cancer. You're not going to win here. [MUSIC PLAYING]
I was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer. I got my diagnosis in February 2015.
My reaction was my ears got to ringing. And I couldn't hear anything else you said after that. Just the shock of someone-- a doctor telling you that you
have cancer, it-- it brings your life to a crashing heap. I told all my brothers and sisters.
I have one sister and two older brothers. I told them individually. And the very first word out of their mouth was that, I love you, and we're going to get through this.
Have an advocate with you, someone who is going to have your back no matter what, someone who's going to go with you to doctor visits,
someone who's going to check in on you, someone who's going to think of questions that you may miss or you may not think to ask a doctor.
They're going to ask for you. My advocate was my wife. And she had my back throughout my entire treatment. And I can honestly say I owe my life to her.
Find the thing in your life that motivates you to get up every day. So while I went through treatment, I still rode my motorcycle.
I rode my motorcycle through treatment. I didn't want it to stop me from spending time with my family.
You know, there were days where I was tired exhausted, and I didn't want to get out of bed. But my family is important to me.
They were my support system. And that helped me get out of bed. It helped me to be positive when I'm around them because I wanted them to know that I feel good.
I'm going to beat this. I may be tired I may be exhausted. But we're going to beat this. We're going to get through this.
I kept thinking about the things that made me feel like my life is-- is special. It's my life is being fulfilled.
My life is, you know, unique to me. And I didn't let cancer take that away from me. I didn't let cancer stop me from enjoying life.
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