Meet Mary

Patient / Survivor

Mankato, Minnesota

Mary’s Story

After a year of unexpected things happening to my body, I talked to my doctor about the issues. I had my first colonoscopy on Apr. 22, 2016, at the age of 47. The doctor found a mass in my rectum. On Apr. 26, I was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer. I started 28 days of radiation and chemo pills.

Months later, I had surgery to remove my rectum and part of my colon. In addition, I had a full hysterectomy and an appendectomy. I have a temporary ostomy which took 2 1/2 months to get to work just right. Because there were still some active cancer cells, I started chemo and chemo pills in November. I will have eight total treatments – I have two left!

After treatment, I will have my take-down surgery. There have been some rough days but I remind myself that there are people who have it much worse. This journey will take a little over a year of my life – a fair trade if I can get 30 more years of life in exchange!

Mary’s Advice

Listen to your body. If something doesn’t seem right, go to your doctor!

2 thoughts on “Meet the One Million Strong- Mary Groothuis from Minnesota

  1. My cousin is a very strong lady. I just want to put a word out there for how important it is to get the recommended testing done. My fiance was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer that metastasized to his bones. He wouldn’t go to the hospital because for one thing no health insurance. Also this goes out to all the women. I didn’t realize what the prostate was all about. If I had I would have have picked up on the symptoms. I don’t blame myself because it’s his body. Be aware of not only your body but your families, husband and boyfriends. Stop cancer before it stops you.

  2. Mary, I admire your strength through this battle you have had to fight. You are an inspiration to all who have or will have to fight the evil cancer!

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