We at Fox 17 have gotten to know him from his visits to the studio as our expert idol panelist.
Normally he writes a blog for USA Today called "Idol Chatter", but
these days Mansfield writes about all things colon in his new blog
called "My Semicolon Life.
"That is what I do, I tell stories, so
the only stories that make sense to tell are stories that are
difficult, embarrassing" says Mansfield.
Despite having cancer, that humor I was telling you about, hasn't gone anywhere.
From how his taste of music has changed since being diagnosed with cancer, to all details that colon cancer involves
"I haven't been willing to eat princes hot chicken yet" laughs Mansfield.
he takes his readers on this new and very personal journey.
want people to get an entertaining story out of this.Keeps me from
getting too worried or too excited about day to day stuff" Mansfield
His cancer journey started earlier this year. During Idol Mansfield started feeling sick.
He postponed a suggested colonoscopy until after the Idol season.
Then in June he went in for the procedure.
"I was just coming out of sedation when I heard the doctor say, you have cancer" he says.
Instead of being frightened Mansfield says he was perplexed.
At only 48 and no immediate family history - how could this be?
Come to find out, Brian is one of only 2 to 3 percent of colon cancer patients with something called Lynch Syndrome.
is a genetic disorder that comes with predisposition toward cancer to
the point someone with it has an 80 percent chance of getting colon
cancer by 70 and usually shows up in mid to late 40's in guy" explains
That diagnosis is why he is being rolled in an endoscopy procedure room.
scope is size of pinky and we put it in esophagus and stomach and look
for anything that shouldn't be there" says Dr. David McMillen.
Lynch Syndrome makes Mansfield at a higher risk for other cancers, such
as stomach cancer, which is what they are checking for with this scope
I am looking up at esophagus and stomach coming together and everything
looks healthy normal. No evidence of cancer in upper track" says Dr.
Good news for Mansfield, but he jokes that it's not such good news, for his story!
something really really bad happens it's great for the story if
something good happens medically then my second thought after, that is
great, is well, I'm not gonna have anything to write about" laughs
To read Brian's IDOL CHATTER blog use this link.
To read Brian's "Semicolon Life" blog use this link.
Thursday, August 23 2012, 10:18 PM CDT