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Never Too Young

A Letter from our Leadership: Never Too Young

Posted on May 5, 2014

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We were thrilled to co-host the Colorectal Cancer Survivor Panel Lunch & Learn at the recent OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults with our friends at Chris4Life. Our young cancer survivors and volunteers have been very vocal that we need to address their unique needs. We know this group responds to treatment differently than older patients. They’re often in the middle or the beginning of their careers and are managing families. And sadly, this group is the only segment where colon cancer rates are increasing as opposed to the decrease we’ve seen in older populations. Read more

Waiting On My Silver Bullet

Posted on December 30, 2013

jake lyons

At 27 years old, I thought I had it all. I had just started my dream job, was happily married and a proud new father. After visiting my doctor for what I thought were stress-related issues, I received the shock of a lifetime: stage IV colon cancer. 

That was just three years ago.  Read more

I Was 41: Never Give Up!

Posted on December 26, 2013

diana welch

Here’s how it starts: 

“You need to eat more fiber.”
“It’s hemorrhoids.”
“You just gave birth; give your body some time.” 

For me, it was Celiac Disease before a colonoscopy was ever recommended and done. After six months of horrific abdominal pain, I had a diagnosis. But it wasn’t one I expected: stage IV colon cancer.  Read more

One Child With Cancer Is Too Many

Posted on September 30, 2013

Robert Gilmore2

My son, Robert Stephen Gilmore, is now 16 years old and faced his second malignancy last year.

At three years old, he was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma (brain cancer) on February 24, 2000. He underwent chemo and radiation at Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

After 12 years of survivorship, he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer last summer – rare in children. Read more

Never Too Young: Michele Davis

Posted on July 10, 2013

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We’ve met hundreds of young colon cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. In fact, at last year’s National Conference, we focused solely on this issue. We heard your stories, talked with the experts and now we’ve launched our Never Too Young campaign to spell it out: you’re never too young for colon cancer. Michele Davis learned this at just 30 years old, after noticing some persistent bleeding. This is Michele’s story, in her own words.

A Diagnosis

I left the gastroenterologist with an appointment for a colonoscopy. My doctor told me he’d never seen colon cancer in someone my age. I would be his youngest patient to receive such a diagnosis – a contest I really didn’t want to win. I have no family history of colon cancer. Genetic testing was not revealing and, with exception of a brief history of smoking, I carry no risk factors. This can truly happen to anyone.

When I was told I had colon cancer, I remember trying to comprehend those words as if they were in another language. I kept trying to solve the puzzle and figure a way out of this situation. I wanted to run, to get away from danger. In the end, you can’t run from yourself; the only way out was through. Read more