wearing a colostomy bag and a smile, n.j. cancer survivor models for magazine
In December 2008, Edward yakic, 30, was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer. But in March 1, after a long battle with cancer, yakaki proudly showed off his colon-making pocket in the Colon Club\'s March Colonel magazine, When his symptoms started months before the diagnosis, he thought that what he was eating would stimulate the digestive system, but when the problem did not subside, he knew something was wrong. The 270-pound, 6- The native of the national park with high feet began to have \"bathroom\" problems and lost weight, and at the end he was afraid of eating and what the result would be. He went to the hospital and was eventually diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer. He went through three bowel reconstruction operations and then repaired a colon pocket accident that caused his stool to return to his body. Finally, after he recovered from these surgeries, Yakacki was told that his cancer was getting worse and that he needed 6 months of active chemotherapy. Next, he had surgery to remove the tumor from the liver, and finally went in and took out the colon pocket, but heard more bad news --- Radiation therapy burned a hole in his colon, causing the infection to spread into his blood. This last straw left so much physical damage to yakic that he had to live with a permanent colon to make his pocket. From his diagnosis when he was so young, to his surgery, to his complications, Yakacki said he was in a \"dark place\" at the time \", it \"has nothing to do with what happened to him \". It took nearly three years, but yakic will come out of the dark and become a warrior to raise awareness of colorectal cancer. With the support of his friends, family and new wife Amanda, Yakacki attended the fundraising event, made public appearances to share his story and asked to model in magazines. \"I got a call on February telling me that I was selected as one of the 12 models,\" said Yakacki . \". \"It\'s a very exciting thing for me to get good things from colorectal cancer. \"So, in June, Yakacki went to a five- The star resort in Nashville, Tennessee is \"everywhere\", his first- Took photos. \"There are a lot of activities for us with team building skills. \"I have to shoot and we have to build the raft with cardboard and tape,\" he said . \". \"And the people who understand what you\'re going through are a really cool experience in this environment. Yakacki says he feels like a rock star \". \"I must get up at 7: 30 (a. m. ) \"For hair and makeup,\" he said with a smile. \"This is the first time I make up, which is strange. Yakacki says this photo shoot is a \"unique experience\", just like a similar scene he saw on TV. \"There are lights there and they play whatever music you want,\" he said . \". \"They took thousands of photos inside and outside. They said they wanted to see it with the boy next door. . . That\'s what they call me. \"While he was only with them for five days, Yakacki said the other 11 models, staff and others he met during his stay in Nashville now feel like a family. Yakacki will attend a congressional meeting in Washington, DC. C. Address the importance of early colorectal cancer screening. \"10 of the 12 models will be available in Zone D. C. ,\" he said. \"It\'s all about making someone realize they have problems. Be your own advocate and persevere because you\'re the only one who knows what\'s going on in your body. Dr. Alison Mancuso, Rowan Family Medicine, Washington town- Yakacki\'s primary care doctor for nearly four years-- Any person who has sustained abdominal pain, changes in stool color or consistency, blood in the stool or unexplained weight loss will need to undergo colon cancer screening. \"Ed has been an active advocate for colon cancer,\" Mancuso said . \". \"He raised his consciousness in many ways. Ed already has a real awareness of colon cancer. He used his experience to make sure that others realized that no one was immune to colon cancer. He is a source of inspiration for me and those who may know him. \"For more information on the fight against colorectal cancer by Yakacki, please visit www. fightin4blue. org. Kelly kroncace @ njadvancemedia Roncace may be reached. com. Follow her on Twitter @ kellyroncace. Find the South Jersey Times on Facebook.