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As a third generation Familial AdenomatousPolyposis (F.A.P.) survivor, all things considered, I have lived a fairly charmed life, at least relative to what most people with this disease experience. That changed last September, just after I married my wife, Shawn.

In early October of last year, I was subsequently diagnosed with severe iron deficiency and a critically low blood count due to chronic blood loss. What followed was an assault-and-battery of tests, all designed to hopefully discern the source of the bleeding. In December alone, I was poked with a needle in excess of twenty times, experienced anaphylactic shock during an iron infusion, swallowed a pill camera to image my small bowel, and was forced to cancel our Mexico honeymoon trip because of a compromised immune system. During this extremely difficult month, my mortality was a common topic of discussion and I envisioned widowing Shawn far sooner than either of us ever anticipated.

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