Navigating the Unexpected: Greg’s Journey Through Cancer Diagnosis and the Importance of Estate Planning

Attorney Greg McIntyre and his wife, Stef, discuss the surreal cancer diagnosis and how it reflects the importance of estate planning.

Life often throws curveballs when we least expect them, and how we choose to handle them can redefine our paths. This was the case for Greg McIntyre, who recently underwent a significant ordeal—a diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma on his arm. This blog post delves into Greg’s emotional and medical journey, highlighting the crucial role of proactive estate planning in managing life’s uncertainties.

The Diagnosis

It started with what seemed like just another blemish on Greg’s arm, but a visit to the doctor confirmed the worst: skin cancer. Greg’s initial reaction was shock and denial, emotions that are too common when faced with the word “cancer.” His experience underscores a crucial truth about health—issues can arise unexpectedly, regardless of one’s past health history or family genetics.

The Operation

The physical aspects of dealing with cancer are daunting. For Greg, the reality hit when he saw the size of the incision needed to remove the cancerous cells. What was anticipated to be a small procedure turned into a significant and eye-opening operation, performed by a remarkably patient and meticulous doctor. This experience was not only about removing cancer but also about understanding the vulnerabilities that come with it.

Why Estate Planning Matters

Interestingly, while the doctor worked on stitching Greg up, their conversation steered towards estate planning. This wasn’t just small talk; it was a profound discussion on preparing for the future—something that Greg, as an estate planning attorney, is passionate about. Estate planning isn’t merely about organizing one’s affairs for after they’re gone but ensuring that in crises, the legal and financial stress do not add to the family’s burdens.

Greg’s story is a powerful reminder of the “what ifs” that lurk around every corner. His conversation with the doctor about estate planning amidst his treatment highlighted the need to be prepared. Setting up wills, trusts, and powers of attorney are not just bureaucratic necessities but acts of love and foresight, ensuring that one’s wishes are respected and loved ones are taken care of without unnecessary stress or conflict.


Greg’s journey from cancer diagnosis to recovery is a stark reminder of life’s fragility and the importance of being prepared. It brings to light the significance of estate planning as part of managing life’s unexpected challenges. For those inspired by Greg’s story or looking to secure their own future, remember, it is never too early to start planning.

If Greg’s story has motivated you to think about your estate planning needs, or if you find yourself in a situation needing guidance, feel free to reach out. A free consultation could be the first step towards ensuring peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

Contact McIntyre Elder Law at 1-888-999-6600 or visit to schedule your free consultation and be prepared when uncertainty strikes.

We hope this post provides insight and inspiration to take action and safeguard your future, even in the face of life’s uncertainties. Remember, preparing today can make a world of difference tomorrow.

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Meet Greg McIntyre

Greg McIntyre, founder of McIntyre Elder Law, is more than just an attorney. As a Navy Veteran, father to six kids, and a loving husband, he values family deeply. This drives his commitment to helping clients safeguard their futures and pass down legacies.

Greg has a passion to help people. Beyond just legal advice, he loves having conversations and strives to build a long-term relationship with every clients that comes through his door.

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