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Deborah - Monroe

Hi, my name is Debbie and I am a 6 year survivor of colorectal cancer. My story starts back in 2010 when I was just shy of my 40th birthday.  I had been having symptoms of severe diarrhea for about 2 weeks and then had some rectal bleeding. That’s when I decided to make a visit to my PCP. She ended up doing a rectal exam. (and I later found out that she had felt a mass) She immediately sent me to a GI dr that day and he set up a colonoscopy a few days later. After I had my colonoscopy, all the GI dr told me was that I had something he had only seen twice in his 20 year career, and that I did have polyps, but he wouldn’t talk about it until my test results were back. That was the LONGEST 2 weeks of my LIFE!!!! It finally came back that I had stage III colorectal cancer and I had what was called Familial Adenemomous Polyposis. (FAP)  Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is an inherited condition in which numerous adenomatous polyps form mainly in the epithelium of the large intestine. While these polyps start out benign, malignant transformation into colon cancer occurs when they are left untreated. Asymptotic individuals (and therefore asymptomatic family members) are also known to exist. ( Which is what I am (no one in my family that I am aware of, above me, had FAP. Out of my 5 children, only one has it.  :-( I really think that everyone should be told to get a colonoscopy at 35, because with FAP, 100% , if untreated, it does turn to cancer!! I was 39 when mine was found and it was already stage lll.  If I would’ve waited til I was 50 as suggested now days for a colonoscopy,  I would’ve been DEAD!! Thank the good Lord above that I’m not! grin He’s not done with me yet!

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