Doctor’s Corner Guest Merry Besvold Passes Away After Battle With Colon Cancer
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Senior Editor // January 19, 2019
Merry Passed AWAY ON Jan. 6, 2019 after 21-month battle with colon cancer
ABOVE VIDEO: Tonight, a very special edition of The Doctors Corner with Dr. Mark Pinsky. In late September Merry Besvold appeared as a guest on the show and courageously told her story of her battle with stage 4 colon cancer. Her message was one of prevention. Tragically, after a 21-month battle, Merry passed away on Jan.6 surrounded by loved ones. One of Merry’s final requests to Dr. Pinsky as he visited her days before she passed was to replay this episode.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On this special edition of “The Doctors Corner,” host Dr. Mark Pinsky discusses wellness and prevention with a focus on colon cancer and having a colonoscopy is of utmost importance.
Originally airing on Sept. 27, 2018, on Space Coast Daily TV, Dr. Pinsky welcomed one of his most courageous patients, Merry Besvold.
Besvold was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in April 2017, and in March of 2018, was given two years to live.
Tragically, that diagnosis proved to be incorrect as Besvold, 65, of Rockledge, Florida, passed away peacefully surrounded by those who loved her on January 6, 2019.
She was the cherished by all that knew her and one of her wishes as she spoke to Dr. Pinsky in her final days was to make sure her message in this video reached the citizens of the Space Coast once again.
Besvold was a fighter as she battled an illness she admittedly knew she shouldn’t have had to battle at all if she simply heeded her own advice and sought preventable treatment at the age when doctors recommend you do so.
She had part of her colon removed and had gone through five different types of chemotherapy in just 17 months and suffered through of all of the side effects that chemotherapy can cause.
Thankfully, as you see in this video, Besvold was able to experience a period of wellness that allowed her to spend time with those she loved before her death.
However, the message that both Besvold and Dr.Pinsky want you to remember is one of prevention.
While Besvold’s story is courageous, her message of prevention and early detection is emotional and strong and delivered in a way that touches the soul.
“The moral to my story is don’t be stubborn, foolish or embarrassed by the fact you should have a colonoscopy,” said Besvold.
ABOUT DR. MARK PINSKY
Exclusively on Space Coast Daily TV, Dr. Pinsky provides insightful commentary and advice about hot medical topics of the day, and also address reader questions.
Dr. Pinsky has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years and is the director of the Pinsky Family and Sports Medicine Center in Viera, Florida, where he provides one-on-one care to his patients.
“My goal is to educate patients about their medical conditions so they can learn how to prevent disease or minimize complications from their existing conditions,” said Dr. Pinsky.
Dr. Pinsky is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Academy of Family Medicine and completed his doctorate degree from the University Of Health Sciences College Of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri.
His family practice residency was served at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
In addition, Dr. Pinsky completed a sports medicine fellowship in Cleveland, Ohio with Lutheran Medical Center in conjunction with Horizon Orthopedics; the team physicians for the Cleveland Indians.
He also has a certificate of added qualifications in Sports Medicine from the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Pinsky also speaks nationally for several pharmaceutical companies.
SPORTS MEDICINE VETERAN
Dr. Pinsky has worked closely with high school, college, Olympic and professional athletes. During his 20-year career in Brevard County, Florida, he has served as the team physician for several high schools. Currently, Dr. Pinsky provides care for Viera High School athletes and is a partner of Medical Associates of Brevard.
Dr. Pinsky is dedicated to patient-centered care through MDVIP, a nationwide network of physicians whose sole purpose is to provide superior individualized healthcare. MDVIP makes patient medical issues their top priority.
As an MDVIP physician, Dr. Pinsky takes pride in doing just that for each and every patient in his practice.
FOR MORE INFORMATION about Dr. Mark Pinsky log on to PinskyWellness.com
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