Colon Cancer My Survival

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Olde Tyme BRE # 01405647

Hi everyone I am back and thank full to just be alive, Let me explain. Starting early last year my medical provider ( Kaiser Permanente ) sent me a blood occult test kit. The first one they sent had pieces missing and therefore was unusable. After a few inquiries ( it seems this was a new program for them and no one knew who was in charge ) I was able to get a second test kit mailed to my home. This time my kids ( the dog, cats etc. ) promptly lost the kit. Because of what the test could represent I was getting a little worried. I then found that the optomology dept. was distributing the kits with patients yearly eye exams ( Diabetics which I am one ). Third time is a charm I took a sample and promptly mailed it to there lab.

Woa then came the call that they found something and would like me to come in for a colonoscopy. We where scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving 2008. The result "Mr. Beaver you have stage three Colon Cancer". Wow scarry no matter how I was told. Surgery was scheduled for January 19, 2009.

Well this part is really surreal, Imagine what is going through my mind. The number two Cancer Killer in the nation and on the day of the surgery I show up with my wife. In sweat pants carrying my drivers license just carrying the bare minimum and with an expectation of a 4-6 week recovery if everything goes well ( It did and did not ).

I wake up in Late March 2009 and find out that I have been asleep ( in a coma ) since the day of surgery. The good news is Colon Cancer Cured, No Chemo or Radiation needed, The bad news is I had 3-4 heart attacks 3-4 days after surgery.

I could go on and on about the road to recovery but the good news is I am out of the hospital and Re-Hab walking again with only the assistance of a cane and back to work with some assistance.

If there are any cancer anything survivors out there please comment on this post. What I am writing here is only the tip of the ice berg. Especially since being back the number of people that I know that have passed away due to heart attacks and in comparison to my battle makes me wonder why I am still alive and they are not.


Doug Beaver Corona Norco Riverside Homes for Sale





Comments (16)

William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

Welcome back Doug!

Thanks for sharing it's unfortunately timely!


Aug 12, 2009 01:07 PM
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

Doug - Wow ! Glad to read your post and hear your optimism. May you continue stridefully in your progress. Cheers

Aug 12, 2009 01:07 PM
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources.

Doug - What a story. Sounds like there were many prayers that were answered and there is a reason why you are still alive. Congratulations on your survival and being cancer free. There is no better success story.

Aug 12, 2009 01:09 PM
Faye Y. Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Country Living with City Convenience -Wilson Co TX

Wow, Doug

To be stage 3 without needing chemo is great.   Your road has been hard and will probably still take determination to be back to normal.

My mom got colon cancer in 2002 and battled it for 4 years.  Because of that my doctor made me go get a pelvic sonogram which I thought was ridiculous and not needed. So I did not go get the test until 2004 when they found uterine cancer.  Because it was found so early surgery took care of it & I did not have to have chemo either.  I have been cancer free for 5 years now.

As you share your story you will find that cancer is common; it is surprising how many people have had cancer in varying stages.   It is a common bond.

I wish you the best as you battle your way back to a full recovery.

Aug 12, 2009 01:17 PM
Sam Chapman
Lakeway, TX

A study came out the other day stating that a daily aspirin regamine is somewhat effective in preventing colon cancer.

Aug 12, 2009 10:14 PM
Mark Artesani
Keller Williams Realty - Fountain Valley, CA
Huntington & Newport Beach, Fountain Valley Homes

Doug, Your is a great survival story, God bless you. I am glad for the great outcome. I am a 21 year cancer survivor.

Aug 12, 2009 11:48 PM
Doug Beaver
Century 21 Olde Tyme - Corona, CA
Corona Norco Eastvale Riverside Homes

Thank you everyone, Throughout this ordeal I have met many many people both personally and online. I swear I have had a million plus people praying for me. I thank you and them as well. Three days after I went into the hospital my wifes Mom fell and broke her knee in multiple places. Three days later she died of a blood clot. She was in her 80's but very healthy and full of life. It makes me wonder considering at one point they used the electric paddles to jolt me back from death and even told my wife to go home and prepare for my passing. God bless my wife ( I keep telling her I love her more than life ) She told them to go to hell and take care of her husband. Well it has been a tough road but I will not et her dwn or the many many who have prayed for me in my fight to regain full health.

Thank You

Doug Beaver

Aug 13, 2009 06:54 AM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Doug - Welcome back to AR and to the world in general!  I am a cancer surviver, but I almost don't even think of that any more, since it has been more than 20 years since my surgery.  Unfortunately, many in my family have had cancer of various kinds.  Most have survived, but my sister did not.  I know how you feel about survival confusion.  I have often wondered why I lived and my sister did not.  She was a wonderful woman and very much loved.

Aug 14, 2009 05:05 PM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Glad to hear of your survival.  Your time is written and that wasn't it.  Kepp going.  You'll get back, but it'll be hard work.  Life ain't easy.

Stay with us and we'll keep encouraging you.



Aug 23, 2009 04:36 AM
Doug Beaver
Century 21 Olde Tyme - Corona, CA
Corona Norco Eastvale Riverside Homes

Susan, Erby and inthego Thanks for the response. Yes I guess it just was not time yet. But he has handed me some challenges. Due to not working for 7 months creditors calling and I am back to work ( Real Estate ) like a new agent though starting all over again. Thanks again everyone....

Doug Beaver

From Beautiful Downtown Norco, CA "Horse Town USA"

Aug 24, 2009 04:37 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Doug, my husband had prostate cancer over 10 years ago. We changed a lot in our diet during that time and learned a lot about how to take better care of ourselves. You have been blessed to be here and no chemo is fantastic!


Aug 28, 2009 02:25 PM
Doug Beaver
Century 21 Olde Tyme - Corona, CA
Corona Norco Eastvale Riverside Homes

Sharon, Thanks for the response, even since writing this blog I am even better yet. Thanks again...

Sep 05, 2009 09:45 AM
Bill Nazur
First Lending Solutions - Riverside, CA


To your continued recovery....wishing you, your family, and loved ones the absolute best!

Oct 16, 2009 10:21 AM
David Salvato
David Home Inspection Service Home Inspector San Bernardino - Los Angeles, CA

Best wishes for continued success in the new year. Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR! David Home Inspection...

Dec 29, 2009 03:46 PM
Rey Ban
Oceanside, CA


Not a cancer survivor patient but I can relate.  I lost loved ones to cancer.  They've been through a lot (as I'm sure you have) but they're still with me in spirit.  You are very lucky indeed, my friend.  

Jun 16, 2013 07:18 AM
Doug Beaver
Century 21 Olde Tyme - Corona, CA
Corona Norco Eastvale Riverside Homes

Thank You, I am a little late responding but responding none the less.

Dec 02, 2013 03:18 PM