Three years ago, Joshua Woods was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. He went into remission for a few years and did three months of chemotherapy, it was then he learned that was only the beginning of his fight.
“My blood work started going out of wack a little bit and we found out that the cancer had come back and now it’s at stage 4,” Joshua explains.
Brandi, Joshua’s wife, says she didn’t know if she could handle this situation at first. She says “at this young age, I was like I don’t even know what to do.”
The 34 year-old Joshua is currently recovering from a surgery earlier this month and is preparing for more rounds of chemo. He says he never imagined something like this happening to him
” I’ve got a young family, two young twin boys and my overall thought was I have to beat it. So anything that I’ve got to do that’s what I’m willing to do,” he says.
“We have plans to grow old together and we’re going to. It’s just not anything we’re going to give up on,”
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States. And as the Woods family continues to fight the fight, the community has united to lend a helping hand.
“People that have come together has been an amazing experience,” Brandy says. “There is so much kindness and generosity out there and we always knew that but seeing it first hand has been what’s amazing.”
His daily motivation? Ryder and Colton.
“How proud I am of him in the fight and not giving up and that’s for us, I mean it’s for his family and that has been what’s made me more than anything, just proud of him.”