Meet Amy

Patient / Survivor

Edmonton, Kentucky

Amy’s Story

At 39, I began to have the typical symptoms of colon cancer. However, because of my age, and  because I thought I was very healthy, it never crossed my mind that I could have cancer of any type. I sought medical attention for three months, until finally having a colonoscopy.  Screening confirmed a tumor in my sigmoid colon. Three weeks later, I had 8 inches of my colon removed. Six of 27 lymph nodes were positive for cancer, I was stage III.

A month later I had my first of 12 FOLFOX treatments. Six months later, in August of 2016, I had my last treatment. Four months after that my port was removed. Today I like to consider myself healthy as a horse!

Chemo was tough, but I was tougher. I was able to continue working, caring for my family, and attending my daughter’s softball games. I try to live each day with exuberance and with a grateful heart. You don’t realize how great it is to feel good when suddenly you don’t anymore. Today, I feel great!

Amy’s Advice

Talk, share your story, it helps to get it all out. I was only half way in to my treatments when the local Relay for Life committee asked me to speak at their annual event. I did not say yes immediately, but in time all the right words came to me and I was able to put them on paper. It was very cathartic to be able to share my story. I also posted an update every two weeks on Facebook.

On treatment day I would let everyone know how I was doing and what I was thinking. That also helped me to work through all the feelings that a cancer diagnosis can bring. Just today I went on a local radio show to talk about my experience just to help raise awareness.

2 thoughts on “Meet the One Million Strong- Amy Neighbors from Kentucky

  1. You’re welcome! Sorry, for such a late response. I just learned this had been posted here

  2. Hi Amy,
    Another Kentucky girl, here! Your story is very similar to mine! Thanks for sharing.
    Renee

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