Jon Dibblee

Association: Family Member
Region: California
Cancer: Testicular, Colon,
Written by Cindi Dibblee

"It’s important to know that cancer is not always a death sentence."

Cancer first changed my life in 1974 when my high school sweetheart, Jon was diagnosed with testicular cancer his senior, my junior year, of high school. His treatments were effective and we married in 1982. We always felt (and knew) from a young age, that Jon’s cancer would probably return, and we waited; not dreading, not feeling sorry, but just knowing. The first reoccurrence came in 2013 in the form of colon cancer and again, his body responded well and a pet scan Valentine’s Day of 2014 declared Jon clear of disease. He always commented how lucky we were, yet he felt he was living on borrowed time. Unfortunately, symptoms returned Jan. 2015 and we were given the news of Stage IV colon cancer, adenocarcinoma.

Jon never complained, never felt sorry for himself or let others feel sorry for him and always maintained his quick, sharp and wicked sense of humor. He always said he wanted to write his story of being a three-time cancer survivor, and after losing both testicles and being the baseball lover he was he had the perfect title: “No Balls, and Three Strikes! This Isn’t a Baseball Story.” He encouraged other cancer patients, encouraged me and fought a very long, courageous battle that sadly ended on December 13, 2017. Although I no longer have the love of my life and my son lost his father, his hero and best friend. It’s important to know that cancer is not always a death sentence. Never underestimate the power of love and kindness from friends, family, patients, caregivers and your chemo team.