Every day in March, Fight CRC will feature a new Awareness Ambassador. All of our Ambassadors are sharing their own very personal stories so that we can work to break down barriers to screening.
“When you are in your 30’s and loving life, cancer is the last thing on your mind. I was already having colonoscopies every year or so as routine maintenance for my Crohn’s disease. I had put off my scope in 2012 because I was just too busy. It wasn’t until I felt like my food was stuck inside me and my bowel habits had been noticeably different that I reached out to my doctor. We decided it was time to schedule my scope.
On June 7, 2012, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and my life as I knew it was changed forever. The irony of it all was that I worked in cancer research and had been doing so for seven years. I was all too familiar with what people had to go through when fighting cancer.
The years that followed were truly a test in perseverance and emotional strength. It tested my mind and body in ways I never knew possible. The positive in all of this is that I can now say five years after my initial surgery that I am cancer free and living life to the fullest.”
There are over 1 million colorectal cancer survivors in the United States.
There are 30+ million that need to be screened. Let’s break down barriers to screening.