Meet the One Million Strong- Lisa Spottswood from Virginia


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Meet Lisa

Patient / Survivor
Aquia, Virginia

Lisa's Story

The issues I noticed that lead to my cancer diagnosis actually started right after our daughter Abriena was born in Jan. 2015. I had a lot of pain in my tail bone, and had bleeding that would not stop.

I went to the doctor and they were sure that I had fractured my tail bone during labor (which is something that just has to heal itself), and the bleeding was from hemorrhoids. They said that everything would get better over time.

We moved, I got a new job and therefore new insurance. Once I met with my new primary care physician I told her about the symptoms I was experiencing, and what doctors had said six months ago.

My primary care physician told me that based on my age it was most likely a fractured tail bone and hemorrhoids, but to be safe I should have a colonoscopy done. So I nodded my head in agreement but in my mind I was thinking, "Oh! you trippin if you think I'm letting someone near my no no!"

Watch my YouTube video for more on how I got my diagnosis.

Lisa's Advice

In life everybody has their own obstacles and circumstances that are not right or fair. Through my work as a counselor I am fortunate to know that when the unforeseen and unfair pain of life hits you it's all about the coping skills you arm yourself with. What works for one person might not work for another.

My personal experiences have had unforeseen and unfair pain, which taught me how to utilize and believe in the power of sublimation meaning turning a negative into a positive. I like to refer to it as giving your pain a purpose. So when it's all said and done you can look back on your experience as a lesson learned, an opportunity for growth and the peace of mind knowing that the pain wasn't all for nothing.

Painful and traumatic experiences in life can make you or break you based on how you choose to handle them.

Which is why cancer isn't going to control my life. I will decide how I choose to approach each day keeping in mind that some days will be harder then others.

To the best of my ability I will use this experience as an opportunity; to share my story in order to help others out there like me, gain a greater appreciation for my life and the beautiful people I am blessed to have in it. And most importantly teach my daughter how to never give up!

4 thoughts on “Meet the One Million Strong- Lisa Spottswood from Virginia

  1. I am so proud of this amazing young woman. Her focus is on her clients that she is helping recover from addiction and her cute two year old, Brina. She has brought humor to her infusion days with costumes, songs and clever videos. She is determined to keep smiling despite the tough stuff she has to handle on a daily basis. She is a Cancer Warrior!!!

  2. If you don’t already know, she’s absolutely amazing and I’m proud to have her as my wife and soulmate!

  3. I have just been declared cancer free after 5 years! My battle with stage 3 colorectal cancer is over for now….lots of side effects but feeling great and elated to be alive!

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