Could you imagine putting off a medical checkup for three years while trying to support your wife and family? Then finding out you have cancer and it is serious.
Imagine fighting it until you don’t feel that you have anything left to give, surgery, chemo, radiation, an ostomy and sickness……… then losing your wife to divorce. Most of us fear cancer, fear the struggle that comes with sickness and for good reason, cancer kills.
Noel shares his story for the first time, the good and the bad, the raw truth. His life today is inspiring, offers hope that healing and happiness are possible. Find out how he healed from cancer and went on to work a full-time job, ride a Harley and find a life of camping and enjoying nature.
Noel lost both his parents and his step-mother of cancer, his child hood friend of 40 years to Leukemia as well as his friends’ son. He has a lot of wisdom on cancer as well as his own experience with it.
Noel’s 12-year-old son was hit by an RV and put on life support. They chose as a family not to donate his body parts to others, and he died. Now Noel is helping other people by encouraging them to keep on going.
I asked him if he has a lot of anger, and he said it is more like a depression. He goes in it for a while when someone criticizes him but he is overcoming it victoriously.
He said people tried keeping him down and it was a struggle to keep his positive outlook. He hopes this interview encourages others to fight on in the battle of life as well as if you get an Ostomy.
The faith of the Lord helped Noel. He was told during chemo that faith helps, they don’t know why they just know it does. Noel loves God.
Noel was asked by his friend that past away from Leukemia how he kept his head up and kept going. Noel said God wants him to keep going so he keeps on going.
To this day, Noel worries about his two children. He lost a sibling when he was young and knows how it feels. He has faith God will take care of him.
Noel shoved his appointments off for two years even though he was bleeding from his backside. Had he gone sooner, the Cancer would not have spread to his lymphoids.
He had 36 treatments of Chemo therapy, 36 days of radiation straight and half way through it dropped him. He prayed to God to help him out and didn’t know if it would get any better.
He found himself crying on the bathroom floor alone. (Second Chancer’s this comes up a lot on the show. The people we thought would support often can’t)
Noel tells us his kids didn’t support him then and although things didn’t work out in his marriage, he encouraged them to be with their Mother. As Noel lost his Mom at 19 he wanted his kids to have their Mom.
He lost contact for 6 years with his kids, but now they are in his life and they accept him as he is.
Biking and Photography
Noel is a biker and he loves to ride. He rode for 9 hours to sleep under the great starry sky, then drove back 9 hours. He loves to camp, fish and take photos of animals and nature. Here is a beautiful picture he sent us of Gooseberry Falls!
6 Ostomy Tips and Hacks
- Education, Noel attends fairs, cancer meetings and reads up on products
- Using pouches for work and outings with filters when necessary
- Eat nutritiously and keep your weight down
- Plan your meals around your activities leaving lots of time after you eat
- Learn the foods you can eat and the ones you can blend
- Budget for medical expenses
*Noel shared a very vulnerable story to show us that accidents happen. When he was in a gas station washroom his bag spilled on the floor. He offered to clean it up, but the attendant did.
Accidents will happen, and that is ok. Thank God for Grace!!
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