My Cancer Story
In the fall of 2016, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 rectal cancer. Below are the posts that I wrote through the diagnosis and treatment process.
While I would not wish this journey on anyone, it has been one of the very gifts of my life.
I hope that as you read the different parts of my cancer journey linked below it will be of value to you. If you have a friend who is going through their own health or other personal crisis, please feel free to share it with them in hopes it may help them as well.
After the 22nd post, you'll notice there is a void in any further information. The fact is, once I could get back to regular life, I jumped back in to work, but also a massive move to our new home in Western New York. But, I want to let you know that I had a great ostomy reversal surgery, and subsequently, my ongoing tests have been good with strong, positive indicators. My doctors have reminded me that it will be important to maintain frequent testing through the 2 and 5 year marks, which are the two critical dates.
#1 A Messy Concoction of Uncertainty, Dread and Fear
#2 MRI Required
#3 Os-to-me….. Ostomy
#4 The Diagnosis
#5 The Planning Fallacy
#6 What If
#7 A Decision Reached
#8 Getting To Yes
#9 Day 1 Treatment Review
#10 Not A 60% Guy
#11 A Heavy Heart
#12 Man Up
#13 Stage One Is Done
#14 Mid-January Update
#15 Becky’s Update from the Hospital
#16 Becky’s weekend update on Tom
#17 Home Again
#18 The Biopsy Results
#19 Breathtakingly Beautiful
#20 The Grind
#22 Surgery, Part Two
This is a speech I gave after my first surgery.
Disaster Preparedness of the Personal Kind
Business owners, entrepreneurs and executives often anticipate unexpected business events and prepare for them in the form of preventative or contingent actions. Insurance, equipment maintenance, disaster recovery plans and data backups all serve to help you be prepared for these difficult business realities.
But, most, if not all leaders are completely unprepared to face an intense personal crisis or disaster, and the related effects it could have on both them and their business. When a major personal event like a debilitating sickness, relationship crisis, family breakup or personal breakdown occur, it can wreak havoc on you and on your business.
Join Tom Adams as he shares the lessons he's discovered since his Stage 3 cancer diagnosis in the fall of 2016. Along with his own experience, he'll share other insights gained from his years as an Executive Coach. At the end of the session, you'll have a personal disaster preparedness roadmap that will support you if a crisis does occur and, in doing so, help save your business as well.