Morgantown man battling colon cancer urges importance of early detection

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - Last week, 5 News spoke with health experts about the importance of detecting colon cancer.

Now we are speaking with a man who has been going through treatment for the illness for a little more than two years.

Carl and Susan Crosco don't let this control their lives.

"I got my amateur radio license," said Carl. "I can stay inside and talk on the radio to my friends and brother in law."

Carl says he has lost count of the number of chemotherapy treatments. He was diagnosed in February of 2017 with stage four colon cancer. He's an avid fan of the outdoors -- but this illness tries to take away the things he loves.

"Hunting and things," Crosco said. "Doing lots of sports. I loved doing that but all of those days are gone, I guess."

He refuses to let the cancer take control. What he says is through the strength of God, he and his wife, Susan, are strong and not giving up -- sometimes taking new approaches to doing the things they love.

"He doesn't go to church anymore -- we watch online," Susan said.

"We just place our trust in God and believe that he has control of the situation and he'll guide us," she said. "I don't think we'd be this far in the journey as we are now, over two years, without God."

"God is great," Carl said.

Now he's on a pill for two weeks and then off for two weeks. He still goes for infusion every other week.

"You have your good days, you have your bad days," Susan said. "It's scary, because you don't know from one day to the next what's going to happen."

Carl's tumor scores are dropping, which is a good thing. It's a sign that the treatments are working. He credits the love and support of his friends and family, his doctors, and even his five pound chihuahua, Helen.

"She's my comfort dog," Carl said.

"The days you're down, hold her, and she's always laying there with me," Carl said.

Carl's suggestion is to listen to the doctor.

"He told me, he says, you need to get a colonoscopy. He says because two years, you may not make it back in here. And I wish I would have listened to him."