BENEFITING: COLON CLUB
As most of you know, I was diagnosed with colon cancer, stage III, in February 2015. The only symptom I had that was of concern, was stomach cramping that would effect me only in the morning. Mind you, I had just had a baby via c-section two months prior. After a few months of having cramps every morning, I talked with my doctor. She ordered blood tests and referred me to a gastrointestinal (GI) doctor. My GI doctor immediately ordered a colonoscopy. After my colonoscopy, the doctor told me I had cancer. That was a Monday. Tuesday was a CAT scan and blood tests. Thursday I met with the surgeon, and the following Wednesday I had a sigmoid resection (they removed a portion of my colon and then sewed it back together. This was all done laparoscopically, leaving me with three small incisions and one big one, which required 11 staples). The doctor also removed 28 lymph nodes, nine of which came back positive for cancer. I had a port placed in my upper chest and a week later started chemotherapy. I endured six long months of chemo. I found comfort, love, and friendship in places such as The Colon Club, during this difficult time. In June, I will be with 11 other colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors under 50 years old, getting photographed for the 2017 Colondar 2.0 magazine. Please think about making a tax-deductible donation to help this wonderful organization, that raises money to educate and spread awareness of colorectal cancer (CRC). CRC isn't an old man's disease. The numbers of people being diagnosed under 50 are staggering. Many are misdiagnosed with gastrointestinal ailments (think IBS), and/or diagnosed at a later stage, like I was. CRC is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., however, it is preventable. By donating money, you are giving The Colon Club the opportunity to educate as many people as possible about the risks, genetic predispositions, and symptoms of CRC, while encouraging people to get screened, regardless of age. The Colon Club provides support to survivors, caregivers, and families. They are changing the perception of CRC, that colorectal cancer can happen to anyone at any age. They have given me hope and provided me with support when I have needed it the most. Being a part of the Colondor 2.0 magazine for 2017 is such an honor and I am thankful to them for allowing me to share my scars and my story. Please consider donating to this wonderful organization that has done so much to educate and spread awareness of colorectal cancer symptoms and risks, and encourages people to be their own health advocate. "Knowledge is Power!"