Patients, survivors, friends and family say it best. The following testimonials were submitted by people whose lives have been touched by colon cancer. Whether a story of survival, a story in honor of someone who has battled this disease, or a first person account of a colonoscopy – we invite you to share your story. You can submit your story by filling out the “Tell Us Your Story” form to the right.

Because of the impact your story can have on colon cancer prevention, we will make a five dollar donation to The V Foundation for Cancer Research for every story submitted. Together with ESPN, famed college basketball coach, Jimmy Valvano, formed the foundation in 1993 before losing his own battle with cancer. His foundation’s focus on saving lives by finding cures for cancer is a mission that complements ours. To date, 16 grants and more than 2.2 million dollars have been awarded directly to colon cancer funding.

Just as Coach Jimmy V dreamt of finding cures for cancer, we too are a part of the fight to eliminate this disease. Thank you for sharing your story. It really can make a difference.

Michele - Richmond


from Richmond, VA

I was diagnosed with Colon Cancer, Stage 2 on September 20, 2016, after having had a colonoscopy. After the results from the cat scan and an MRI, the decision was made to have operate. October, they removed one foot of my sigmoid colon. Then I met with the oncologist for the first time in November. My first follow-up appt. was in January to see if there were any signs of cancer. I was declared NED - No Evidence of Disease. I have two beautiful girls and a loving husband and so I pray everyday that Hashem will continue to keep me healthy.<...

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Nicole - Washington


from Washington, DC

Today I had my first colonoscopy. Although I just turned 30 I had it done because I lost my mother to stage 4 colon cancer when she was 46. The peace of mind I now have is indescribable. Everything went great and I won’t need to have another for 10 years.  I hope that if you are able to have this procedure that you don’t take that chance for granted.  I’m truly happy that I took this step and grateful for the news!

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John - Pittsburgh


from Pittsburgh, PA

I am very high-risk for colon cancer and believe that getting colonoscopy exams is essential for everyone….for people at high-risk like myself they can be life-saving.  I have had numerous colonoscopies (unsedated because of severe drug allergies) and they were all pretty much painless and numerous pre-cancerous polyps were removed and follow-u exams scheduled.  No problem until I moved and the local GI docs won’t schedule an unsedated colonoscopy: they don’t care if you have the Fap gene or life-threatening reactions to colonoscopy sedation….they refuse an unsedated exam (common worldwide) because it might...

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Margie - Franklin


from Franklin, MA

I was I around 43 when I started getting stomach pains.  I truly believed it was bolero syndrome due to stress.  It went on for a while until I could no longer take the pain.  Due to my age I was misdiagnosed and ended up having a full hysterectomy .  During a cat scan on the colon it showed nodules on my lung.  Due to the location they were unable to do a biopsyy. A pet scan was done and two tumors showed up one increctum one in colon and cancer in lung. Turned out I...

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Riley - Portales


from Portales, NM

I was diagnosed stage 4 at the age of 24 and 18 weeks pregnant. I went through surgery and chemo while pregnant. My baby girl was born 5 weeks early. She will be 1 on the 12th of this month . She’s happy and healthy. I had more chemo that they made more intense than while I was pregnant. During pregnancy I was on folfox. After I was on folfirinox and avastin (irinotecan oxaliplatin and 5 fu). Did thst for 9 more rounds. After gallbladder attacks and nausea ruining days I finally was able to get my surgery needed at md Anderson. It was 8 hours, removed...

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