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I am thinking good thoughts for Ethan – another young person with cancer.
“I don’t want fear or cancer to define me, but it’s always in the back of your mind,” the former Survivor winner tells PEOPLE in a new interview.
His fears were confirmed on Sept. 14, when doctors told him the cancer had returned in his chest.
“It’s localized in my lung area,” Zohn, 37, says. “But it’s good that it’s not all over my body.”
The artist, who teaches at Parsons, was diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer last month and given a 60% chance of surviving five years.
Nine days later, real-estate agent Elisa, 36, learned she has incurable breast cancer – and just a 16% chance of surviving five years.
Friends and family have rallied around the Bonds, helping them get to their many doctor appointments and care for their toddler.
They set up a website to collect donations to cover the expense of their illnesses – and nearly $60,000 has now been raised.
About half that came in Friday, when News readers like Matthew Zachary, 36, a brain cancer survivor from Brooklyn, were moved to give whatever they could.
“I just want them to know they’re not alone – they can beat this,” said Zachary, who’s been cancer-free for 15 years.
The heart-wrenching story was also picked up by news outlets across the country and as far away as London.
The Bonds, who were too sick to speak to reporters Friday, are drawing strength from the compassion of perfect strangers.
Most people who follow me know that a few years ago, my ‘too young’ husband – 37 years old – was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer. No family history – And just like Katherine below, his first attempts at getting it looked at were met with less severe diagnosis than cancer. Doctors use statistics when making some calls as to whether to further investigate certain symptoms and age, family history, current physical condition all weigh in. Why would a young, seemingly healthy person get cancer? Right? See the problem…… Thank God, my husband and I knew enough to notice in time that this was not merely hemorrhoids as we were originally told and sought out further help. As the article below mentions, colon cancer untreated early is almost always deadly…I get chills every time I read that —
When Katherine Miller was 24, she saw a doctor for an array of symptoms including anemia, fainting, stomach pain and rectal bleeding. She received a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome. At the age of 25, after the full physical exam required for medical school admission, Miller was declared to be in peak fitness. At the age of 26, she died. Just before her death, when a follow-up colonoscopy and CT scan were finally done, colon cancer was found to have spread to her liver. While colon cancer discovered early is highly treatable, once it has metastasized, it is nearly always deadly.I’ve found in nearly 100 interviews with cancer survivors under 40, such stories of symptoms being dismissed with the claim that “you are too young for cancer” are shockingly common.