Survivor Stories

You say it best. As a colon cancer survivor, your story is an inspiration to all who read it, and the impact it can have is limitless. Thanks for sharing.



from Plant City, FL

I am a stage IV colon cancer survivor.  Twice.  Two years ago, at the age of 46, I had a hysterectomy - in which my doctor wanted to leave one “good” ovary intact, and I told her NO - I wanted it taken out - it turned out that a small tumor had landed on that “good” ovary that the pathology reports indicated had metastasized from the colon.  A colonoscopy several weeks later confirmed that I had colon cancer.  The tumor was so large that the scope could not get past it.  The tumor had...

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from Osteen, FL

I am a six-year survivor of Stage III colorectal cancer, diagnosed at age 34 in February 2007. I experienced heavy rectal bleeding, abdominal pain and classic colon cancer symptoms for the better part of three years but my symptoms were dismissed as being the result of hemorrhoids or IBS.  When my doctor finally sent me for a colonoscopy in January 2007, it was discovered that I had a 13cm sessile villous adenoma blocking my colon at the rectosigmoid juncture.  I had my colon resection surgery on February 13, 2007.  Two days into my fie-day hospital stay, my surgeon came int to...

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from Hart, MI

I was going to ITT Tech in the spring of 2010 and things were really beginning to look up. I had made the Dean’s List and had perfect attendance. Little did I know that my world was about to be turned upside down. I had developed a pain in my left side that kept getting worse and I had no idea why.  I couldn’t sleep on my left side and when I laid on my right side I could feel something pulling my insides. I tried to ride the pain out because I had no time to...

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from Chattanooga, TN

My name is Kristi and I am a Stage IIIB Colorectal Cancer survivor. 

I am 46 years old, married and have one beautiful, 21 year old daughter.  Born and raised, and still a resident of Chattanooga, TN.  I was blessed to be able to stay home from the day my daughter was born.  So, even though my “nest is empty” now I am still a stay home housewife.  Until my cancer diagnosis the hardest part of my day was deciding what to cook for supper…

In all my years growing up, I...

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from Newport, VT

January 29th 2009 was the best day of my life and the worse day of my life…if that makes any sense. I had just turned 38. For years I had had intestinal issues and a lot of pain. I had had several colonoscopies which showed pre-ulcers, GERD, but September 2008 the pain started getting really bad. I had been doing weight watchers and taking a spin class and was losing a lot of weight. I tried to give blood one day and I was turned away because my iron was too low. They told me I should see a doctor but...

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