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National Colon Cancer Survivor Day

Posted on February 11, 2014

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I lost both my parents – Margaret and Patrick Raymond – to colon cancer. They were young and fought hard, but at that time, there was only one chemotherapy drug available – 5 FU. The diagnostic method to determine disease was exploratory surgery and by the time they’d found the cancer, it was too late.

My parents are the reason I became passionate about this cause. Twenty-nine years ago, I founded the Raymond Foundation in their honor. Since then, I have become the Director of Patient Support and Outreach at the Colon Cancer Alliance. My daughter, Margaret-Ann Simonetta, is now the Foundation’s Executive Director.

Martha Raymond, Colon Cancer Alliance Patient Support and Outreach Director.

Martha Raymond, Colon Cancer Alliance Patient Support and Outreach Director.

But most importantly, thanks to medical advances and research, colon cancer patients now have advanced screening methods to catch disease early and, in many cases, two to three lines of chemotherapy available.

Today, there are more than one million survivors in the United States and we were proud to honor them with the second annual Colon Cancer Survivor Day.

Survivor Day

Last year, we worked with our friends at The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health to host a Colon Cancer Survivor Day event in New York City.  In addition, The New York State Assembly and Mayor Bloomberg signed Proclamations marking the importance of this special day.

Through the partnership of the Colon Cancer Alliance and The Raymond Foundation, we are pleased to bring Colon Cancer Survivor Day to the national level this year on March 5, 2014.

Get Involved

We welcome your participation! In the comments below, share your story and photos, let us know how you will celebrate, share your hopes for the future, have your loved ones share their stories or honor a loved one who passed from colon cancer by sharing special memories.

Martha Raymond as a child, with her parents and sister.

Martha Raymond as a child, with her parents and sister.

As a small token of our thanks for sharing your story on this blog post, we’re offering a free Blue Star Survivor Pin with any purchase in the Colon Cancer Alliance online store now through March 31st. Use code CRCSURVIVOR to get your free pin!* 

In addition, we hope you will join us on March 5th for a special Celebration of Life Chat hosted in the My CCA Support Online Community at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT.  Join with other survivors in this special nationwide chat, meet new friends, re-connect with old friends as we join together as a community. To honor and remember those who have passed, we will share special memories and ask for a moment of silence. Can’t be at your computer? Call in and chat using this information: 1 (888) 537-7715 Code:  28943735#.

Just as I dedicate my outreach efforts in loving memory of my parents, we all know someone who has been affected by this disease. Survivors are not just statistics – they are our mothers and fathers; sisters and brothers; husbands and wives; and sons and daughters, and as we mark National Colon Cancer Survivor Day, we pay tribute and celebrate the lives of these truly remarkable individuals. We hope you will join us.

Thank you and best wishes,

Martha Raymond
Patient Support and Outreach Director
Colon Cancer Alliance

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84 Responses to “National Colon Cancer Survivor Day”

  1. MARGARET says:

    What a fabulous post! It’s so true, we should always honor our loved ones who have lost the battle of Colon Cancer. Both of my Grandparents died of this disease before I was able to meet them, but my family and I ensure to live through their memories each day as we fight for those who are suffering or have won this battle.

    • John B Small says:

      I was diagnosed in 2006 and because of my fantastic doctor and oncology nurses, and the care I receive, my cancer is considered a chronic illness not a death sentence. I will be celebrating on March 5th and wearing blue on the 7th to bring attention to the tremendous advances being made in treating colon cancer!

    • Debra says:

      I have been surviving colon cancer since 2008 and let me tell you its been a hard road but I keep putting one foot in front of the other and still enjoying life and making memories with my family and friends. I will do this for as long as the good lord lets me.

    • Kris says:

      I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2011 at age 44. No family history of colon cancer. I had a colon resection and 6 months of 5FU chemo and am doing great! I worked through chemo and did not get sick once, thanks to the meds. Attitude and many prayers got me through it. Just had my yearly check-up and the doctor said everything looked great!

  2. Kathy says:

    I am a survivor, I had my surgery in 2012, Its been 2 years now and ready to go get another colonoscopy no fun, Well after I had Kidney stones size 8mm and urinary track infections , on top of that ,devercalitis was also found ,I am trying my best ,to live day by day, but after surgery I have had more complications then before, I wont give up, But i do get tired of test after test ,that makes me worn out it self, I do take b 12 shots energy is always down, every 2 weeks for this, Well off to another day of breathing ,I will survive stage 2 cancer colon patient in remission for 5 years,

  3. For The 3rd year we are turning downtown buildings Blue on March 5th for Blue For The Night. If you could help spread the word about this event that would be wonderful. all the info is on the website http://www.raceforhope.com

    Thank you so much

  4. Laurel says:

    Never thought at 46 I would be diagnosed with colon cancer. I will NOT let this beat me!

    • Tyrone T says:

      I’m glad to hear that about your mother, because I have stage3 cancer.
      I’m on some new drugs that suppose to be better than the old ones. I was diagnosed in November 2013.

  5. Nancy Butterfield says:

    What a fabulous post is right, thank you Martha for sharing your story! I am happy to say that my mother is a 20 year stage III colon cancer survivor. Fortunately she responded to the 5FU treatment and has lived a healthy life since then. She does yoga and exercises regularly. I’m sure this helped keep her healthy all these years.

    Unfortunately my father, who passed away in 1978, his mother and his brother were not so fortunate. Luckily today we have many drugs available that perhaps would have helped both Martha’s family and my family.

    In honor of my mother who will be celebrating her 87th birthday this month, Happy Colon Cancer Survivor Day to all you survivors out there!

    Nancy Butterfield
    Community Outreach Assistant Manager

  6. Terry Bruss says:

    Last Feb my husband went in the hospital for a stomach ache, we thought it was his appendicts… turns out he had a preforated bowel, also had septis and found out he had stage 3 colon cancer… they fixed the bowel, cleaned up the septis and removed the tumor… he spent 32 days in the hospital and 24 in ICU.. he has a colostomy bag… had 6 months of chemo… he will get the reversal on April 3… No family history, was 59 years old, worked every day and was very active… took no medications other than an asprin daily…. Its been a long haul, but now moving forward!!!!

    • Roger Harris says:

      I had colonoscopy August 2013,a tumor was found hygrade dysplacia fourth stage,after two surgeries in one week i had an ostomy bag which causes kiidney stones.Had reversal April 2014,must be checked every two years.

  7. Sonia Rivera says:

    My family and I will celebrate this year and many years to come. My dad is a colon cancer survivor and I want to let people be aware that it is VERY IMPORTANT TO GET SCREENED. Especially if it runs in the family. My dad and my uncle which is his brother are survivors and I pray for other people battling Colon cancer will also become survivors.

  8. Melanie Miller says:

    My family and I will celebrate this year. We lost my brother Pat in 2012 to colon cancer at the age of 45. We had no history of the disease in our family but several of my siblings, myself included have had polyps removed which would very likely have turned into cancer. My brother, my hero saved our lives and we miss him every day. I pray for a cure for this dreaded disease

  9. shelley stover says:

    April 1st was when I ended up in the hospital I had a 9cent tumor this was 2013 they took out half of my colon but it also went to my liver stage 4 did 6 months of chemo and just got my scans back so far so good I am 54 years old I had my first colon test when I was 50 the dr said everything looked good he said I will see you back in 10 years I think he must of missed something but I am feeling good just walked 6 miles today I go to Columbus tomarrow to see my dr for a check up I have a wonderful husband and two great daughters and 9 grandchildren you know I will keep fighting but I get so scared somthimes thank you for letting me write this

  10. Sue Dutch says:

    I was Diagnosed in 2008 (at age 46) with stage 4 Colon Cancer after going to the ER for abdominal pain. I had Colon Reconstruction and spent 9 days in the hospital and did 6 months Chemotherapy. In 2011 it returned in my right lung. They removed a section of the lung and I did 6 months of chemotherapy. I am Happy to say I have been Cancer free for 3yrs! In 2006 I lost a brother to stomach cancer after an 8yr battle with the disease, he was 47. CANCER SUCKS!

    • christy says:

      Sue,

      Thanks for the inspiration. I was diagnosed stage 3 rectal cancer 2010, 2012 returned in both lungs removed section of right lung, steriotatic radiation on the left and 6 months of chemo. This month is one year since finishing treatment, looking forward to 3 years!

      Christy

  11. Lisa says:

    It is important to get tested, but insurance doesn’t pay for it unless you are over 50. I was diagnosed with Stage IV at the age of 44. Two major surgeries, 36 rounds of chemo and almost two years later, I am still fighting…..sitting in Chemo now in fact.

  12. Wendy says:

    Through my lifelong friend Martha I have learned that while deadly, colon cancer is one of the most preventable. While I’m not looking forward to my first colonoscopy at age fifty (who does?! Although I hear you lose some weight!), it’s reassuring to know that early detection increases survival rate. I think it’s wonderful that there is a resource like the CCA to bring information and a voice to those who need it.

  13. I had surgery to remove my R colon on 12/27/2010; I was 53 years old. After staging, I was determined to be a “high risk” stage II. I have been cancer-free for three years. I made dramatic lifestyle changes, including diet (vegetarian, organic), exercise (six hours of strenuous exercise per week), and stress (changed jobs). I got out of a troubled marriage and into a great marriage. It is one of the greatest ironies imaginable: If the cancer does not kill me, it will be the best thing that ever happened to me.

    • joyce cramer says:

      I’m so sorry for the loss of your daughter. I lost my husband on feb 18 2012. He thought he hurt his back. It had spread to his liver. Like your daughter he stopped treatment. The hardest part of losing him was watching him die. I think of something he always said you should never have to bury your child. I lost the love of my life, my best friend ,my husband of 31 years. In 14 months I lost 4 siblings, my dog and my husband. God blessed me I still have my children. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Gail P says:

      I am stage IIIb and having a really difficult time with the chemo. How did you make those lifestyle changes? How do you begin that sort of diet and what do you do for exercise? Resources you would suggest?

      Many thanks!

  14. My daughter will be gone two years on March 1,2012 How my daughter found out she had cancer her back was bothering her for quite some time.Her husband talked her into getting an MRI she didn’t want to at first except she changed her mind it’s a good thing she did.My daughter had a tumor the size of a tomato.And she also found out she had three fractures in her back so they had to operate on her back.When she went back for her checkup.They put a tube down her throat to see how the operation went when they told her she had Colon cancer.It devastated both of them.It was really hard on me also.It was stage four.She had to have a lot of treatments when that didn’t work they started trial program.Then she said that was enough.She decided to get hospice so she could die at home.It was really bad when she developed a breathing problem.And then she passed away.It still hurts so much to known she not no longer in my life and I’ll never see her again.I just miss her so much.I known she not suffering or in pain anymore.So rest in peace my darling daughter.Love mom

    • lisa says:

      So sorry for your lost.iknow your pain lost a son in2006.not with cancer.but the pain is the same I plan to see Paul when I get to Heaven.be saying prayer for every one

  15. Sherrette Lewis says:

    My prayers are with all of you. Continue to fight the good fight. I was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer almost two years ago. I feel good and I’m thankful to God, my doctors, my friends and family. I went through the radiation an chemo and series of other treatment and I’ve had 4 surgeries. With all that my body (by the grace of God) endured and responded well to treatment, but it was a rough road .

  16. I am devoted to the Colon Cancer Alliance and all our efforts to first and foremost PREVENT this disease by educating the public and medical community about the importance of screening, and second, HELPING those who have been diagnosed with the latest up-to-date treatment information they need to manage their disease, finding support through our buddy program and online community as well as financial resources through our Blue Note Fund. CCA is committed that no one will travel this path alone. We are there to help ease your journey.

    I too, remember when my mom was diagnosed in May 1998 with stage 3 colorectal cancer. She had surgery, chemo/radiation. We had one drug 5fu – and that was it for 30 years! Little or no research was being done. Now we have 10 approved drugs and it is the combinations of these drugs that help an inoperable patient become a surgical candidate and therefore, LIVE and achieve NED (no evidence of disease) status. I am so fortunate to still have my mom who is turning 85 this summer. Everything I do is to honor her but the most important thing I do is get myself screened every 5 years. She would never want her children to get this disease so as much as I hate the prep like everyone else, I do it to honor her and to save my own life. The second most important thing I do because of the number of patients I meet who are struggling with paying their bills because of their cancer is to support our Blue Note Fund.

    I honor all our caregivers, survivors and the memories of those we have lost on National Colon Cancer Survivor Day!

    Jeannie Moore,
    Patient Support Navigator
    Colon Cancer Alliance
    877-422-2030
    http://www.ccalliance.org

  17. Jil Coffman says:

    I was diagnosed with stage 2colon cancer after being admitted to hospital with a blood count of 2.8. After 10 pints of blood and daily iron infusions, the last test was a colonoscopy which found the tumor. It had taken my nutrient s and vitiamins. My outlook was grim. Then it was a flurry of test and scans, and immediate surgery. I was to have no lymph nods or any other organs effected. I will be a 1 year survivor in April. I had no signs. No pain. Just extremely tired and short of breath. I put off having my 50 year colonoscopy. I now encourage everyone to get it done. I was lucky. Praise God the outcome was good.

  18. Michele says:

    Hello. I lost my mother to Colon cancer in June 2005 one day before my sisters 36th birthday. She was a wonderful woman and a best friend to us both. She was first misdiagnosed in October 2001. The cancer was found in December 2001. She did well after surgery and only had limited chemo. But the beast sometimes returns and it did with vengeance in May of 2004. My deepest gratitude goes out to Dr Shuba Maitra he never faltered when other Drs in our town would have seen her back up saying nothing they could do he bought us another precious year after a 9 hour surgery. She seemed to be on the road to a perfect recovery by Sept 2004 but by Christmas you could see the sparkle leave her eyes but she never wanted sympathy she kept going and kept doing for all her family. By April 2005 it was evident the cancer was winning and now her kidneys were failing she spent another Mothers day in the hospital and then came home for her final weeks. Even in her hospital bed as Drs were deciding to send her to Pittsburgh to unblock her kidneys when I started to cry as I laid in her bed hugging her she took my face in her hand and said Let me see you smile. As she had done all throughout my life when I felt sorrow. Surrounded by her family including 5 grandsons she took her final breath as we all told her it was okay to go she had fought enough. My advice to anyone You know your body. Be your own advocate don’t take no for an answer. God bless all the families who have lost their shining stars.

  19. As a Stage III survivor I do what I can to spread the word. I am a Buddy to CCA and have a page on the CCA website. If you know of anyone that needs support via e-mail or by phone please contact me. If they or you are in the Houston Tx. area I can visit them personally upon request.

    Thank you for sharing your stories. God Bless !

    • Gail P says:

      I was diagnosed stage III b in February. I am really struggling with the chemo. I had an adverse reaction to one round and am thinking that 6 rounds will be my max. My anxiety has increased immeasurably due to all the strange sensations and loss of control. Any advice and/or tips would be most appreciated.

  20. Diana W says:

    Learning that March 5th is the “Colon Cancer Survivor Day” is so meaningful to me as that is the date of my Stage IV colon cancer diagnosis and this year will mark two years as a survivor. I will be celebrating in NYC with my husband along with other brave survivor friends for the Colon Cancer Awareness kickoff in Times Square. I will wear my blue proudly and continue to spread the message of getting screened and being your own health advocate. Thank you for this wonderful post.

  21. Sherryl Wendling says:

    I am a stage 2 survivor. 5 years! I was diagnosed at age 44. Had surgery, got peritonitis and had an ileostomy for a year. Did 5fu for 4 months. Had my reversal and things are pretty ok. Far from perfect but I am here to tell you about it and I am very grateful! My brother got a colonoscopy right away and had precancerous polyps but got them removed. Since then he has had more but always gets them before they turn into cancer so I am grateful my cancer maybe helped save him from it!

  22. Angie says:

    I was diagnosed in 2008 with stage 3C colon cancer. I was very fortunate that the surgeon was able to remove all the cancer. I had six months of chemo and I am now approaching my five year mark.

    I will be forever grateful that I was screened at age 46. If I had waited till 50, I would not be here now. I had no family history of colon cancer. Please do not ignore symptoms such as constant stomach aches and digestive problems. Get screened, get a colonoscopy. They save lives!

  23. Michelle Libertone-Cook says:

    I am writing in memory of my dad, Mark Libertone. After over a two year battle, at the age of 65, he passed on September 16th 2013. He was my best friend, my person. People say you have soul mates. I believe he was mine. We were so much alike. He understood me and I understood him. We shared so much and he was always there for me. He and my mom both live(d) with my husband and I and our two children. A boy 14 and a girl, just turned 4 yesterday. I am a stay at home mom and was one of my dads main caregivers as my mom was working to get them through all the financials that come with cancer. He put up such a fight and I couldn’t be more proud of him. Looking back, I know he did it all for us, his family. I have 3 sisters and a brother and several nieces and nephews including a grand nephew. He tried to stay with us as long as he could. He went through hell to be with us. There’s no other way to put it because cancer took everything from him except his love for us and our love for him. From the time of diagnoses, he was basically tied to the house and the toilet. He was an artist, trained at Syracuse university and became an art teacher. Later a freelance artist, graphic artist for several websites and he drew and etched drawings onto headstones. He was also an avid fly fisherman and well known fly tier in that community. The meds took all of that. They made him very sick and with the Oxiliplatin came neuropathy. It made it very difficult for him to draw or tie flies and he had nothing to really enjoy except his family. Words cannot express how much he is missed by all of us. He was such a huge part of mine and my children’s everyday life that life will never be the same without him but, his love lives on. I still know I am so blessed that he was here to inspire me, teach me, love me and my children. His words still fill my mind. His love still fills my heart and for that on March 5th, I will celebrate him and all that he still is, keeping his memory alive. I love you daddy! I miss you every second of everyday!

  24. My husband of 22 years and Daddy to our 13 and 16 year old daughters was diagnosed in 2000 at age 42. Unfortunately he already had mets to liver and lungs. He died in 2001. He had no symptoms of the disease but a strong family history. Our girls get colonoscopies every 2 years starting at age 21.

  25. Bill Risser says:

    Stage3B diagnosis after a routine (age 51) colonoscopy. No symptoms at all. Surgery in Sept 2012, chemo ended in April 2013. All clear so far! I do a lot of presentations and trainings, and I always find a way to tell my story. Could have been a much different story if I put off the scope any longer. I also told my story online. The posts are at http://billrisser.com/my-cancer-journey/ Maybe my story can help someone just beginning theirs…

  26. Matthew L. Hayden says:

    On October 31, 2012 I had my first screening Colonoscopy. When I woke from anesthesia, I was informed by my Doctor he had found a suspicious lesion. The next day, my doctor called me and told me I had an Adenocarcinoma and needed surgery.

    On November 19, 2012 I had a colon resection. Two days later I was informed I had Stage II Colon cancer. After seven days in the hospital I went home to recover. a few weeks later I had a PET scan and it was clear.

    On December 12, 2012 I was readmitted to the hospital for emergency surgery for a post-op abdominal infection. The surgery went well and I was placed on a Wound Vac. After six weeks the wound vac was removed and returned to work a few days later.

    I started Chemotherapy the end of February 2013. I was given a course of Oxillioplatinum IV and Xeloda pills. During my first round, I had some mild stomach issues.

    During my second round, I developed more severe stomach issues. A week after completing round two, I still had severe stomach issues to the point I passed out at work. I was rushed to the hospital and admitted with severe dehydration and early renal shutdown. I spent another week in the hospital and was discharged home.

    Two weeks later I resumed chemotherapy. My Oncologist made changes to my oral medication and for the most part, the next six rounds of chemo went well with minor difficulties.

    I completed chemo in September 2013. I had a colonoscopy on October 31, 2013. My doctor informed me my colonoscopy was fairly clear. He said he removed a few polyps that were later determined to be ok.

    My son and a few dear friends were a great help to me. My parents were able to visit from out of town a few times. Other than that, I went through it without a significant other.

    I am clear now. I have changed my diet and my way of living. I continue to encourage everyone to get checked and to watch their lifestyle.

  27. Tracy Brown says:

    March 6, 2014 will be the 6th anniversary of my mom’s loss with her battle with colon cancer. I celebrate this year to honor her memory and the wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend she was to our family and friends! She was 54…. Gone too soon from this world. But I know she is now an angel watching over us and cheering as loud as she can to help us win the war against colon cancer! I celebrate with all survivors…I honor those who have earned their angel wings….and I pray for a cure for colon cancer!

  28. Michele Cox says:

    In 1999 my dad had trouble going to the bathroom, this was very unusual and we all joked that he needed to drink cheap beer and eat McDonalds. After numerous Dr appointments and scans we learned he had stage 4 colon cancer and would need surgery right away. After the surgery he did 2 rounds of 5 FU chemo and his body couldnt handle anymore. Oct 25 1999 he lost his battle. I fight everyday for awareness and was tested myself at age 33 only to learn I have polyps that were the same cancer. We fight as a family and push forward. I miss my daddy everyday. Fight for a cure!!

  29. Rachel says:

    I will be celebrating Colon Cancer Survivor Day for my mother and life-long best friend. In fall of 2010, at the age of 44, my mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. There is no history in our family and unfortunately her doctor had ignored many warning signs, claiming that they were more minor and manageable problems. To this day I am still angry about it and know that if he had simply referred her to get a colonoscopy when she first started having problems, the cancer would likely have been caught at a much earlier stage. It constantly reminds me of why it is so important to trust your gut when it comes to health and get whatever testing needs to be done, no matter how much you dread it. My parents broke the news of my mother’s diagnosis to me during Parent’s Weekend in October of my freshman year at college. Talk about your world being turned upside down. However, the day after I arrived home in May after completing my first year at college, my mother had her last surgery to remove the cancer and to this day she is cancer free. I did not find out until the day of this surgery that the doctor actually originally gave my mother 6 months to live–that means she would have already been gone in April. My parents selflessly kept a lot of worrisome information from me to ensure that I enjoyed my first year at college and did not worry about my mother. As guilty as I felt for not knowing much of the truth until after, I am thankful for this sacrifice, as I am sure had I known my mother’s original prognosis, I would not have been able to stay away at school and would likely have left school to be at home. I have no idea where I would be today without my mother and her battle with cancer really taught me to not take advantage of the people in your life that you truly care about. I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason. Make sure the people in your life know what they mean to you, because you never know when they may be taken from you.

  30. Peggy says:

    Thanks for the great post! Last April I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. I had a routine colonoscopy (that was a little late in having). I had no signs or symptoms. I have been going through chemotherapy and it’s been a long and rough battle.

    I now ask and tell people the importance of that test. I will be wearing blue on March 5 & 7th because I am a SURVIVOR!! and will continue to fight!

  31. Dawn Nordquist says:

    I am a 3rd generation colon cancer survivor, both my mom(still alive) and her dad(deceased) have had colon cancer. I was 36 years old when I was diagnosed. I have three girls that will need to start getting checked starting this year. I love that March is colon cancer month because it is my birthday month, so much to celebrate every year that I have a birthday. Everyone needs to dress in blue!

  32. Glenna Sloan says:

    We just lost our beautiful 42 yr old son on Jan 31. Stage IV, metastasis to liver. Duke tried oxaliplatin, 5FU, severalnother drugs, even Vectibix. He suffered horrendously and at the end had a terrible vertebral fracture due to spinal tumor. Was on multiple pain meds which only partially relieved his pain. Am angry about the limitation of colonoscopy to 50+. This evil disease strikes people in their 20′s, 30′s, 40′s. If you’re having symptoms, fight for a colonoscopy. May 18 we will have a first annual memorial benefit for him at the Track Shack in Spring TX. Last year we raised over $60,000 for his family. His wife and 3 young sons will benefit this year. In subsequent years it will benefit individual cancer patients in the area.

  33. Bryan Martin says:

    I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer December 9th, 2013. I was not prepared mentally nor financially to attack this cancer on my own. I am now surrounded by support from my friends and family. Believe it or not, my ex-wife Angie is now my greatest resource for support. I am blessed and confident that I will beat this cancer now !
    I enjoyed the information and publications on this website.

    Thanks,
    Bryan Martin
    Age 45
    Denver, CO

  34. Thanks for sharing your story, Martha! The survivors that I work with every day inspire me and make me proud to be part of the CCA.

  35. IN MEMORIAM….. We have lost many loved ones and many dear friends. Let us together “say their name”. I would like to add my cousin, Barbie Anne, my college roommate, Pati and my dear friends whom I’ve met along this crc path…..Debbie Sparks, Richard Farrell, Kate Murphy, and to our dear CCA buddies…. Kathryn, Jay, Debra, Michelle, Patricia, Michele, EJ, Cheryl, Pat, Susan, Paul, Doug ……

    Please add your loved ones and friends if you wish….

    • Nancy Butterfield says:

      In loving memory of all the brave Colon Cancer Alliance Volunteers/Buddies who lost their lives to colon cancer. They helped so many while they were going through so much themselves. I am grateful I got to know them and am sad they are no longer with us. My heart goes out to their families as the pain never goes away.

      Nancy Butterfield

  36. Hannah Redford says:

    Martha! What a wonderful tribute to your parents! At the Colon Cancer Alliance we strive to help those survivors who are still battling this disease. Our Blue Note Fund program does just that. Those who apply have the chance receive a $300 grant that can be used toward bills, transportation, co-pays or anything in between. We seek to give hope to those who need it most. Our survivors mean everything to us! If you want to apply for the Blue Note Fund, go to http://www.bluenotefund.org.

  37. Sonja says:

    I am a 7 year colo-rectal cancer survivor with no family history of colon cancer. After being too ‘embarrassed’ to see a doctor, I finally had no choice because of all the problems. Luckily, I went before the cancer went to Stage 4. After several rounds of 5FU treatments and radiation, I had 37% of my colon removed. Upon waking from my surgery, I was very disappointed to know that my ostomy couldn’t be reversed so I have a constant companion “Stella the Stoma” with me. I spent 21 days in the hospital after surgery because of post-surgical problems. I had another round of chemo after surgery but I’m here to say that early screening may have prevented the muscles from being invaded. Please encourage your friends and family to get screened. I certainly have preached it here in my office and many of my co-workers have had colonoscopies because they don’t want to end up with a constant companion like Stella!

  38. Donald Ellis says:

    I am a Stage 3B Colon Cancer Survivor! I was diagnosed in May 2013 at age 37. Had my surgery in June 2013 and Finished my 12th round of FOLFOX Chemo treatment Jan 10th, 2014!! My Doctors and all the Nurses at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance have been fantastic and such a blessing. I will be wearing blue on March 5th and 7th to show my support to all those that have loved ones that lost the battle and are currently fighting!

  39. Paula Thomas says:

    After a routine colonoscopy, no symptoms and no family history that I knew of, I was diagnosed in 2011 with stage II CRC in the cecum area of colon near appendix. The cancer was successfully removed, and I “went on with life” as I knew it, declining chemotherapy as the doctors said the odds of such CRC returning were less than 15% with or without chemotherapy. My doctors called me the “poster child” for colonoscopies, and I agreed. Then in August 2012 shortly after a follow up colonoscopy in July found no disease, nausea and abdominal pain began. Defying the odds, cancer had returned with a vengeance, but on the exterior of the colon this time, and had metastasized to the peritoneal cavity. I am happy to say, though, that after another surgery, 12 rounds of FOLFOX and continuing “maintenance” chemotherapy, this cancer is not growing. Its not gone but it is not growing. I am learning to live with it as a chronic situation, something I really never considered before, but am grateful to do with such minimal side effects so far. Thus I am a proud survivor, going on 3 years, if you count from stage II diagnosis.
    This year I am “moving on”, starting 3 new local awareness efforts, reaching out to others recently diagnosed, and generally doing the best I personally can to advocate for more research $$$ designated directly to colon cancer research. I hope to inspire others even as all of you inspire me!
    I want to end my comments, though, with a tribute to Gloria, the founder of the Wunderglo Project, who so touched me when I heard her story at the CCA conference last October. She was an amazing young woman, continuing to travel around the country and advocate even as her body weakened.
    Blessings to you all on National Survivors Day…and every day!

  40. Carol Orr says:

    Thank you all for sharing your stories, and Martha – the family photo is priceless! To all of you living with CRC and managing through treatments and inspiring us all with your inner strength…my hat is off to you! In my husband’s family and in my work at the hospital, I’ve seen so many people endure the chemo and radiation and learn about the strength they never even knew they had! I’m sorry for those who have lost loved ones, and commend you for honoring them by being vigilant about screening and promoting awareness so that some day no one suffers from this disease. I promise to do all I can to help those going through treatment, and with CCA leading the way, we will knock this cancer off the list! Proudly celebrate National Colon Cancer Survivor Day!

  41. Gail Merriken says:

    I was diagnosed and had surgery September 2002. I was about to turn 42. I went to Cancer Treatment Centers of America where I was given 5FU and Radiation together. While having treatments I discovered a “second” cousin (a cousin of my Dad’s) had colon cancer in his late teens early twenties. Share with your family, colon cancer is ugly but nothing to be ashamed of! Silence kills. While I have a permanent colostomy my health is very good.

  42. Tom Pinta says:

    March 5th is a special day for all colon cancer survivors this year, but has special meaning to me. It is my 67th birthday and the 2 anniversary of my surgery that cleared me of cancer. The incredible staff and doctors at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and the magnificent surgeon, Dr. Jorge Marcet , of the University of South Florida Medical school, are the reason I am here today. I also cannot thank enough the wonderful people at the CCA for their advice and concern for all we survivors. Martha’s story is inspirational but to meet her in person is extra special. She is the BEST ambassador for colon cancer survivors imaginable. Thanks CCA and Martha Raymond.

  43. Jan says:

    2006 Colon cancer survivor at age 48. Only treatment was surgical intervention for Stage I. Early prevention saves lives! Started screenings at age 32, strong family history. Yearly screenings :)

  44. Deondra Jones says:

    I am 43 years old diagnosed as stage IV in Sept. 2013. What a susprise and change to my life. From day one I declared the fight was on!!! Spreading the word about prevention and screening has become a priority I fact I am kicking off the month with a community health fair in recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness month on March 1. People perish from a lack of knowledge,,,, not on my watch. Not only will I be wearing blue on the 1st, 5th and 7th I I will be wearing blue almost the entire month. Thanks for sharing your story Martha.

  45. Racehl McCarrell says:

    When you were diagnosed: April 14th, 2013

    The signs you may have missed: I was anemic for about 2 years. Saw my primary MD, received a blood transfusion in 2012, and was diagnosed with menorrhagia (heavy menstrual cycles). Visited my GYN, had an ultrasound and it was revealed, 2 cysts and a fibroid. I was placed on iron pills and told to follow up. My iron was very low so I was referred to a Hemalotologist for Iron infusions. He ordered a CAT scan of my abdomen. The CT revealed a “possible mass in my cecum”. I had a colonoscopy on April 14th 2013 which revealed a mass and the GI MD told me that I needed surgery. I had surgery the next day April 15th. The pathology came back positive for cancer with 4/25 lymph nodes positive which made it Stage IIIB. I had to have a mediport placed in for the chemo. I had the Mediport placed and unfortunately I developed a collapsed lung the next day which required a chest tube so I was in the hospital for another 3 days with a chest tube. I started my chemo in July 2013

    How long surgery & chemo: I had surgery the day after my colonoscopy, I was in the hospital for about 6 days, Chemo was every 2 weeks for 3 days at a time for a total of 12 treatments. It lasted approximately 6 months. I became neutropenic once (my white count was low which made me more susceptible to infections) which pushed one of my sessions off a week.

    How are you doing now: I am feeling stronger every day. Not as tired and run down as I was before. I just had my PET scan which came back clear of all cancer.  I have to have another one in 6 months and another colonoscopy in March.

    What did you learn from going thru your personal journey: You have to take everything in stride and count your blessings. I kept telling myself that it could always be worse. I had my “boo hoo “ days but mostly I had a very positive attitude. That helped me tremendously. The support from my family and friends and co- workers was wonderful and kept me positive. My daughter was a huge strength for me. I also had my chemo nurse take a picture of every me at every chemo session and made it a countdown and placed it on Facebook. That was a positive outlet for me. People that were on face book would send me wonderful messages and help me count the numbers down to the last one. My last chemo was on my birthday December 20th. The staff at the oncolocgist’s office got me a cake and other birthday items and helped me celebrate my accomplishment. That was awesome!! On New Years Eve, while with my family in Michigan, I took a copy of pathology report and the picture of my tumor (which my sister and I named) and we lit it on fire and let it up in the sky and said good bye to it. That was very cathartic. It was a very uplifting feeling to say goodbye to it.

    What is your mission now? Early detection- YOU DON”T HAVE TO BE OVER 50 yrs old !!! , I was 44, no family history of cancer. I was afraid of the colonoscopy. The thought of it was so invasive to me. I thought I would be embarrassed. It was nothing!! They sedate you and you don’t remember a thing and it doesn’t hurt. The prep is not that terrible. Everyone needs to get scoped. We do so much for Breast cancer awareness, well Colon cancer is the number 2 killer. Get that checked too.

    On March 5 I will be dressed in blue from head to my toes!!!! ON March 7 as well as all month liong, the hospital will be promoting awareness and screening . We are going to encourage the staff to wear blue and hand ouut blue ribbons for awareness. I am looking into a doing a fundraiser , basket raffle, bake sale too donate the proceeds to Colon caner alliance.

    Rachel- SURVIVOR!!!!!!!!!

  46. Christina Meyer says:

    On July 1, 2013 I was diagnosed at 45 years old with stage 3c colon cancer.. If it wasn’t for signs of bleeding I would have never known. I had surgery and chemotherapy for 6mths and tolerated everything well .I just had my petscan 2 weeks ago and all is great!! I have no colon cancer history in family so this was a big shock . I had amazing support through this ordeal and I would love to speak with anyone who needs to talk or get advice . Please write me

  47. Sue Edmondson says:

    I went in for a routine test in June 2012 and woke to the news that they had found a cancerous polyp. I had 4 inches of my colon removed that August and am still cancer free! When they did required genetic testing , it was found I have a rare condition known as Lynch Syndrome. I opted for a total hysterectomy last June 2013 ( my chances for uterine and ovarian cancer were now also high). I thank God every day for all these discoveries and now I want others to be routinely tested. I’ve had a few friends get tested since my experience, and now I’ve shared my story at the school I teach. I will be wearing blue this Friday along with all my staff members.

  48. Patrick Shipley says:

    My Partner, best friend and soulmate Richard Bessette, was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer on January 11, 2013. He had 7cm tumor removed on January 21, 2013 and has recently COMPLETED his six months of chemotherapy (8 cycles) on August 17th, 2013.

    On Thursday, January 9th, 2014, Rich had a follow-up colonoscopy, and…..the results came back CLEAN, NO CANCER!

    We will be wearing our BLUE on March 7th, and will be walking in the 2014 San Diego “UNDY 5000″ for the 2nd year.

    My partner is such a strong and amazing man, he never gave up.

  49. Renee' Metts says:

    My story is like so many, no family history and no standard symptoms. I was under a tremendous amount of stress at work so my weight loss and emotional anxiety could be explained…at least in my mind. I eventually went to my doctor and he immediately put me in the hospital….March 2010…. I was given 2 blood transfusions and a CT scan that first night. The next day was my birthday and was told I had colorectal cancer…. stage IIIc. I had surgery removing my colon, rectum, one overy and 6″ of my small intestine resulting in a colostomy. I had 9 months of IV chemo with Xeloda meds which was a very difficult road but I’m here today celebrating being a 4 year survivor !!!

  50. Renae Yoder says:

    I was 40 when I was diagnosed with Stage IV Colorectal cancer in September 2011. The primary tumor was found during a colonoscopy; a PET scan showed it had metastasized to the liver. I’d experienced bleeding over a period of 5 months, but delayed going to the doctor because I was afraid of the colonoscopy. My father, my paternal grandmother, and an uncle on my mother’s side all died from Stage IV colon cancer. After my diagnosis, my younger brothers both had colonoscopies; theirs were all clear.

    I took a leave of absence from work (my doctor’s orders) and began treatment. I had 6 weeks of radiation and concurrent chemotherapy (5FU) followed by 4 rounds of FOLFOX. After the initial treatment, scans showed the primary tumor and the liver lesions were shrinking. The tumors were no longer visible on the scans after the FOLFOX! In February 2012 I had a bowel resection to remove the remains of the primary tumor; my ovaries were also removed. While my body healed,I had a temporary ileostomy. In April 2012, the surgeons performed a liver resection, removing the right half of my liver. They were also able to reverse the ileostomy in that surgery. Finally, in May-August 2012, I did 4 more rounds of FOLFOX. It sounds fairly straightforward, but I experienced a number of complications – dehydration, neutropenia, and C.diff to name a few – and was hospitalized 7 times in 9 months. But eleven months after my diagnosis, I went back to work as a high school math teacher. Cancer free!!

    I’ve had 1.5 years of clear scans; we’re now doing a CT scan every 6 months. I’m grateful to my family, friends, church and co-workers for supporting me and encouraging me throughout the journey; the doctors and nurses at IU Health Goshen were pretty awesome too. When I was diagnosed, I vowed that I would not give up the fight. It wasn’t always easy, but I made it. I’d like to find more ways to spread the word about the benefits of early detection.

  51. Kaitlyn says:

    My mom was only 33 when she was diagnosed with stage 1 colon cancer. She was having problems in the stomach area and decided to go get a colonoscopy. She knew there was something wrong but she didn’t know what it really was going to be. After the colonoscopy, she got nervous to tell us. After she told us, everything changed. She was more tired and weak. She didn’t see it but we did. She was less hungry and started to keep herself out of the world. She stopped talking to her friends. Only the family. I started to get nervous and scared for her. The day of the surgery I remember sitting in school starring at my phone. Waiting for the call to say that she was out of surgery. I copuldn’t handle being at school anymore. I called my dad, he excused me for the 4 days she was in the hospital and I was there everyday, by her bedside. I cried everytime I seen her sleeping. She couldnt talk, walk, or eat. It was hard on me to see my mom like that because she has always been an independent woman, and for once she needed people to help her. Now she is out of the hospital, walking and back to herself. She goes in the doctor next week to see if she needs to go through chemo. All day and all night I can only think about what those doctors are going to say to her. She still today has her favorite quote “I got this” and what do you know, she really does “got this”. I am so proud of my mom.

  52. Lucy Maahs says:

    2012 Cancer survivor. Diagnosed with a stage I tumor that required Colon resection surgery for removal of 12 inches of my colon and 24 lymph nodes. I am so grateful for early detection it saved my life.

    • Robert says:

      Curious, what have you done since then to prevent the cancer from returning? Did your medical team make any recommendations that involved lifestyle changes?

  53. Patricia L. Mullenax says:

    Stage 3C, second round within two years. I am a fighter. I have the faith in God.

  54. Ronda Allard says:

    I was diagnosed with stage IIIC colon cancer at the age of 40. A cranky gallbladder and an excellent surgeon led to it’s discovery. I was having gallbladder symptoms, but also had pain down the right side of my lower abdomen. Thank God that surgeon listened, and investigated further!!!Surgery to remove a fist-sized tumor, 14 lymph nodes and inflamed gallbladder went well. It was followed by 12 rounds of chemo, which ended a little over a year ago. I am still dealing with some side effects from the chemo (peripheral neuropathy), but I remain cancer free!

  55. Kate says:

    I was 43 years old-who would expect it? If some thing seems wrong, go to your doctor! Be your own advocate! Get screened people!

  56. Russell says:

    I celebrate today by having a normal day. I was diagnosed with Stage 3b rectal cancer in 2010, one week before my 47th birthday. Colon and rectum removal in October 2010, followed by chemo and radiation. Now I’m 3 1/2 years NED. While my ileostomy is, at times, a challenge, it is a challenge I gratefully face. On Friday, I will be chaperoning 3 13-year old girls to the Imagine Dragons concert and I think I will wear my yellow & blue CCA running shirt to mark Dress in Blue Day.

  57. Robert says:

    I’m recently diagnosed with colon cancer and have started a therapy designed to boost my immune system, rather than to harm it further with chemo. It’s based on a natural approach with a cancer-fighting diet and supplements and exercise. I’ll let you know how that goes. It just seems to me that there are more therapies available than just chemo that are reported to be much more effective at curing and preventing cancer that it’s worth a try. After all, cancer is not something you catch from a door nob. It happens because your immune system can no longer deal with these cancerous cells any more.. as it had been doing all our lives. I’m more interested in dealing with the cause, and not just the symptoms (tumors, etc). Wish me good luck. I wish all of you the same on your journey.

  58. My father was diagnosed last stage colon cancer at the age of 70.He has undergone all the test for nearly one month in K.E.M. Hospital in Mumbai and operated by Dr. Haldikar along with his special team there.His colon was removed and colostomy done after the operation.Luckily there was no chemos for him as the cancer was totally zeroed by the whole medical team.My father survived nearly 8 years after that with his entire life as a eminent social worker and died last February 14th at the age of 79 with a heart attack. I am really thankful to the latest technologies and the experties at the hospital and my father’s struggle for life to live fullest.
    One need a courage and believe for Life…!!

  59. shelley stover says:

    I have an update I will have a pet scan on the 19th of this month my drs tell me everything is looking stabe I have stage IV witliver mets .I had surgery last april and had 6 moths chemo done well through it all now dr say they want to do a partial hepatectomy wedge resections and ablation and also remove a lg cyst off my overy I mean remove it they tell me it could add years to my life so this should happen all very soon my daughter who is 35 had a 5 cent removed so I will keep fighting this

  60. Sherry Mecham says:

    I was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer in Sept 2010, I was 50 years old and went in for my 1st colonoscopy. Was told I had a blockage and had colon surgery the same day. 4 days later found out I was stage 3 and would need to have 12 chemo treatments. I had my chemo port and 1st chemo treatment on the 26th of Oct 2010 and finished my last treatment on the 21st of July 2011. It was only after I was diagnosed with colon cancer that I found out that I had to uncles that had dealt with colon cancer. I died in the late 1950′s and the other one was diagnosed in 2008. I was lucky. Except for running a fever one time and dealing with some neuropathy issues, I was health and was even able to work part time for my last 6 treatments. I had no outward signs and the only reason I even had the colonoscopy was they found blood in my stool 3 different times. It can strike at any age. I tell everyone I can to be sure and get one done when you turn 50. My daughter developed some problems and had one done at the age of 30, found out it was not her colon causing her problems.

  61. Susie Tincknell Smith says:

    In 2006, just 3 years after having a clean colonoscopy, I started seeing blood IN my stools; not ON my stools. I mentioned this to my Internist and to my Gynecologic Oncologist (I had Endometrial Cancer in 2003) and was told by both of them to ‘keep an eye on it’. They both had full knowledge that my paternal grandmother had died from uterine/colon cancer. Six months later I demanded to see a Colo-Rectal Surgeon. She found a couple of hemorrhoids, banded them and said ‘all fixed’! I contacted her again 2 months later to report the symptoms persisted. She shrugged me off and said some bleeding after the hemorrhoidectomy was normal. I decided to wait until after the holidays to pursue the matter further. In January I resorted to the humiliation of taking a photo of my stool, printing it, and handing it to her saying, “This is what I’ve been trying to tell you for four months.” She took one look at the photo and said, “We need to do a colonoscopy right away!” Guess what the pathology results were? Colon Cancer! On Valentine’s Day 2006, 11 months after the symptoms first appeared, I had a successful colon resection. Fortunately it was still Stage 1 and I didn’t require any further treatment. I’m sorry if some of you are saying “TMI!” but I’m sharing this because YOU have to advocate for YOURSELF. If you know something is not normal for you, push until you find someone to listen. If I had not taken the drastic and embarrassing actions that I was forced to take, who knows what stage my cancer would have progressed to. Colon Cancer is 100% preventable and treatable. Don’t put off having a colonoscopy.

  62. Vicki Barrilleaux says:

    I was diagnosed at 47 with stage III rectal cancer. I remember when first reading information about this cancer, everything stated the “preventable cancer”. I kept thinking what did I do. There was no known family history of colon cancer, I did have a high fat diet, I maintained a healthy weight, I did not smoke, I drank only socially. What did I do wrong? Finally realized that you can do everything correct and still have this cancer. My focus shifted from why to the action of beating this disease and talking to family and friends about being screened. Unfortunately my talking did not work with my sister. Two years after my diagnosis, she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. In 75 days I loss my sister to this terrible cancer. This summer I will celebrate my 12th year as a survivor. I’m still talking but now I have tried to broaden my audience and tell not only my story but also my sister’s story. I am an example of what can happen. I had a symptom, got diagnosed, treated and susrvied this disease. She did not have any symptoms. Her cancer was diagnosed in the later stage when it was too advance to effectively treat. Would she be alive today if she had been screened when I was diagnosed? Maybe. Would she be alive if she had been routinely screened at 50 as recommended? Probably. Her words to me after her cancer was confirmed, “That test (colonoscopy)was mothing, I should have been screened.

  63. Robin Walker says:

    I was diagnosed in 2012 @the age of 37, its never to early to get your colonoscopy. I had a colon resection and chemo,Last test showed cancer free. I give God all the praise.

  64. Marsha Bradley says:

    In 2004, at the age of 41, I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and successfully underwent a colon resection where the entire tumor was removed. I had 6 months of chemo which ended May of 2005. The next seven years I was checked through CTs and PET scans which, until 2011 came back negative for recurrence. I started to have some bloating and had trouble eating a full meal, symptoms that had me suspecting ovarian cancer. I did have cancer in my ovaries, but it was colon cancer. My ovaries were removed, but the drs. saiid there was much more cancer in my abdomen they couldn’t do anything about. I started chemo again, but due to some research felt wasn’t going to be effective. Eventually, I changed oncologists and was referred to a surgeon who could do the HIPEC procedure. I had the surgery in November 2011… Happily, I have remained cancer-free for the past two years! Thus, I am a two-time stage IV Colon Cancer Survivor!

  65. Mark Mills says:

    Stage 1 colon cancer survivor since 2008. Was diagnosed at age 47, had surgery that removed rectum and a few feet of colon. Have been cancer free ever since, and spreading the word to get screened!

  66. Allison Lehr says:

    I was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 26. After having been sick for over a year with every communicable illness that I could possibly get from my students at school, I finally began to question why I had virtually no immune system. I pressured my doctors to do some further testing and they reluctantly agreed to take blood work. They found that my hemoglobin levels were at a 6.5 (which is below the normal transfusion levels). My doctor referred me to a Gastroenterologist. When I saw him he suggested that I get an endoscopy, thinking that I had an ulcer, but upon finding out that my brother had Ulcerative Colitis at a young age he ordered a colonoscopy. He told me he was 99.9 percent sure that I didn’t have UC, but it was better to be able to cross it off the list. I expected to come out of my procedures to find that I had an ulcer. I never expected anyone to tell me I had cancer. The entire journey has been a whirlwind, but now I’m getting close to my 3 year mark. I encourage everyone to get screened for this disease. If it’s caught early, it’s so treatable. Above all, if something seems wrong to you, pressure your doctors to check it out. You know yourself better than anyone else. Sometimes you really have to push, but I know I’m certainly glad that I did.

  67. Colin Wright says:

    Like Susie Tincknell Smith’s account above, I had bleeding as well. Us guys are awful about seeing doctors for anything, but I told my wife, and SHE made sure I saw the doc. He figured out immediately that I needed to be checked. I was, and there it was… A 2″ tumor in my colon. A few weeks later, it was removed (Stage 1!!!!), and I’ve been symptom free since then. Diagnosed just before my 48th birthday, and a little over two years later, all is good! I’m convinced that early detection, a relentless wife, and a doc who listened all contributed to saving my life.

  68. Anna says:

    Diagnosed in August 2012 with Stage 4 Colorectal cancer at the age of 38!!
    No symptoms, yes no bleeding.
    Have two young children & want to be here to watch them grow up.
    Determination! & Faith in God & Friends who mean the world to me by my side.
    Next scan 3/14/14.
    Praying & Keeping Positive thoughts for a Miracle.

  69. Kaye Hagan says:

    I was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1976 at the age of 29, was told I would be lucky to survive a year. I had 5 surgeries in a 12 month period and my weight dropped to 69lbs. There were no cancer centers, no one had ever been given chemo in Henderson Ky. Dr. David Watkins had been out of medical school about a year and a half and after my surgeries had gone home at night, studied his medical books, and decided (on his own)that he would administer the only chemo drug 5-FU. I was 67 years old yesterday and because of the care given I have never had to deal with cancer again. I know I’m an exception but yon beat colon cancer. I am a survivor!

  70. Patti Bice says:

    I was diagnosed one year ago with stage 4 colon cancer, had surgery on April 3 to remove both ovaries, uterus, lymph nodes, and had a bowel resection. Was in the hospital for a week, did 6 months of chemo plus had additional surgery due to side effects from chemo (some female surgery). PET scan was done in Dec. and I am now cancer free, but deal with some side effects of chemo, but I am alive and thank God and my supportive family, friends and special guy in my life.

  71. Terri McVicker says:

    I was diagnosed with Stage 2 colorectal cancer in May of 2012 by June I was having surgery. Thanks to Acess to Health Care I qualified for a free colonoscopy that saved my life. Thanks to the loving support of my Family and Friends and a lot of Hope Faith and Belief I am cancer free and alive. It is a chronic illness that I will always have, I still have to be checked every six months and the tests are daunting. But I do it I will not give up. I will Survive. I am a survivor,

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