I had symptoms of colon cancer several years ago. Although a family history of colon cancer was well documented on my chart, it wasn’t until I fought for several months to see a specialist, that the Stage IIIB was determined. I had a colon resection, and six months of chemotherapy. I went from being newly married, new father, Â a â€˜superman’, Â to being vulnerable, even unable to lift my son. However, as my strength returned, I resumed a more normal schedule, even returned to playing soccer. Â John Wayne seemed to lead by example, as does the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. If you can set an example, people can relate and find something to â€˜hang their hat onâ€™ and make a difference. I wake up every morning and everything hurts, but I put my pants on one leg at a time and take on the day with everything I have. Like John Wayne, I am alive and kickâ€™n!