Advocate Elaine Newcomb from Wyoming is raising awareness of colorectal cancer to make sure the necessary information is available to those who hear the words “you have colorectal cancer.”
In 2009 after a gall bladder attack and a visit to the emergency room, what was supposed to be a simple confirmation of a gall bladder issue turned out to be much more. Elaine was diagnosed with colon cancer that had metastasized to her liver.
After two surgeries and ten days of anxiety, I was scheduled with a visiting oncologist from a prestigious Cancer Center in Salt Lake City, UT. After a brief exam, he told me I was terminal with no treatment options and had some months to live. I was not a candidate for a liver resection and I should go home and enjoy whatever life I had left. These are exact words. He was very matter of fact and I was gobsmacked!
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After hearing from her first doctor that no treatment options were available to her, Elaine sought a second opinion. After finding out there was treatment available and that she was a candidate for a liver resection, she decided to advocate so others don’t have to face the same trauma she did.
Now six years cancer-free, Elaine is working hard in her community, her state and nationwide to make her voice heard.
What was the one thing I needed most during those 10 awful days after diagnosis? INFORMATION – solid, easy to understand information about treatment options, how to cope with chemotherapy, radiation, depression, anxiety, family – the list goes on. And I needed someone to talk to who understood my situation. I started to read and sort out as best I could information I could share with patients. This is when I found Fight Colorectal Cancer.
Elaine attended her first Call-on Congress in 2011 and walked away with a community of fighters she could make her voice heard with. Once home from her first Call-on Congress, she began sharing information with other patients, doctors and newspapers via interviews on the radio, health fairs and social media. She soon became known as the “colon cancer lady” in her community.
Elaine found a love for the research behind colorectal cancer and is a member of the Research Advocacy Training and Support (RATS) program at Fight CRC. Posting a #StrongArmSelfie on social media, joining Fight CRC at awareness events and hosting her own events gives Elaine the power to make her voice heard and add to the One Million Strong Collection.
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Elaine’s story is just one piece of the One Million Strong Collection that’s highlighting the millions of reasons we’re in the fight against colorectal cancer. Be creative and show us why you’re in the fight! To learn how to contribute, get inspired and view the Collection, visit OMScollection.org.