Marisa Maddox


“I was diagnosed at 30 after giving birth to my first and only child. I had symptoms that I thought every first-time mom experienced. My symptoms turned out to be a large tumor in my rectum and one in my anal canal. After meeting with the right group of doctors I started radiation and chemo. I was lucky enough that I didn’t have to have surgery to remove my tumors. Before radiation, because I wanted a chance to have more kids and didn’t want to go into early menopause, my doctor moved my ovaries out of the radiation field (Ovarian Transposition Surgery). I had 33 rounds of radiation and would go to work every morning after radiation. I had three rounds of chemo and went to work with chemo.”