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.
“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.”
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.