Kelly Ingram, Stage IV Survivor/Patient
Union Mills, Indiana
As a nurse, I did what is recommended, and got screened at the age of 50. Originally, I was told that I had advanced stages of pre-cancer. However, with further testing I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in May 2015, with metastatic disease to my liver. In the last 1 1/2 years, I have had liver surgery (47 cancerous lesions on my right lobe), two colon surgeries, two lung surgeries, and numerous other procedures.
I have gone through radiation, and continue to undergo chemotherapy to keep my cancer stable. I remain optimistic, and encourage others to educate themselves. Although my cancer diagnosis is nothing I would have wished for, I have been blessed by the individuals that have touched my life along this bumpy road. I fight not only for myself and, my family but, for others.
I am from a tiny rural town in Northwest Indiana. I was so excited when I found out that I was selected as a scholarship recipient for Call-on-Congress. I can’t wait to meet others that have been impacted by this disease. I KNOW that TOGETHER we can make a difference!
I encourage others to FIGHT, not to give up, and to educate themselves. Don’t be afraid to get second opinions, and demand the BEST in medical care!
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