Gerardo Murra From Mexico
I started to notice some bleeding with my bowel movements. I ignored it for a while but the bleeding wouldn’t stop and started to worsen so I went to get a colonoscopy where I live in Mexico. The results came back and it showed colon cancer and due to a difficult location of the cancer I was referred to get the surgery done with Dr. Eric Haas at Methodist hospital in Houston. I was incredibly impressed with the staff, we got an appointment on the same day we called . On my first visit after showing my medical history, I explained I had history of pulmonary nodules and that my doctors in Mexico were following. This is not Dr. Haas specialty and not why I went to see him, but he immediately investigated further and ordered a CT scan. We found out I had early stage pulmonary cancer and I wouldn’t have found out without Dr. Haas! One week after my visit I had my colon surgery. Dr. Haas removed the cancer and due to the size and location he was able to prevent a permanent colostomy bag and only gave me a temporary ileostomy to allow the surgical area to heal. I later found out that most patients with my type of cancer would have needed a colostomy for life. Even though I thought it would be bothersome, I had no pain or discomfort with my ileostomy bag and was able to do my daily activities. Only one month later I had my second surgery with Dr. Haas to remove the ileostomy bag and I’ve been feeling excellent ever since! While in Houston Dr. Haas also arranged for the best pulmonary cancer doctors who have treated and cured that cancer too. I have now returned to Mexico and life is so great. DR. HAAS SAVED MY LIFE IN MANY WAYS. I’ll always be grateful to him and his team. His professionalism, his bedside manners and his caring and his knowledge are superb. Thank you for everything.
Leah Isbell Sachitano From Ecuador
I struggled for a very long time with extreme bowel pain due to endometriosis. It affected my work, my home life and my social life. It slowly took over every part of my life, making decisions based on whether there was a bathroom I was comfortable using. The disease process was so slow, I almost didn’t believe it had gotten as bad as I knew it was deep down, and I almost let the fear of surgery talk me out of doing something about it. But I decided to have faith and there are no words to express how amazing I feel now. Four weeks after my resections, I had my first NORMAL bowel movement, and as silly as this sounds, I wanted to cry. There was NO pain! NO nagging pains that I needed to just sit on the toilet for another hour! I just “did my business” and couldn’t believe how EASY it was! Dr. Haas and his team really FIXED me! Not only did they fix me, but they used mind-blowing, state of the art techniques that made my recovery so much easier! I’ll never be able to tell his team how truly grateful I am they gave me back my life. Look out tennis courts – I’m coming back!
Colon Cancer Survivor since 2014
We were faced with an unimaginable diagnosis of the “C” word back in August 2014, something that you never want to hear. We never mentioned the “C” because we wanted only to speak about CURE, HEALING and not mention that word. It is ok to cry together or by yourself and know it is ok to do that. Educate yourself, ask questions as much as you can about YOUR particular “C”. If something does not sound right then trust that feeling. It is a process and I can assure you that there are days that are not easy. READ MORE