It began here…

My fight began here. Dec 14, 2009.  What does the photo below say?  It says… Merry Christmas, you have cancer.  The operation was successful.  We removed many inches of your large colon.  You have a colostomy.  We are going to run more tests to confirm if it has spread to your liver.  Which cancer clinic do you prefer?  We will get in touch with them to begin your chemotherapy treatment as soon as possible.  We will arrange for a home care nurse for you.  You should be home in time for Christmas.

So what is the woman in the photo saying?  I can tell you exactly what is running through her mind.  “Are you talking about me?  I was just constipated that’s all.”