Meet the One Million Strong – Amanda H. From North Dakota


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Meet Amanda

Amanda Houston, survivor
Fargo, North Dakota

Amanda's Story

In August 2013, at the age of 34, I was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer. Shortly after, I was also diagnosed with .

In November 2013, I received good news after having my three-month scans. But shortly after my celebration, I found out that my mother, too, had colon cancer. It was devastating to learn that her diagnosis was stage IV colon cancer. Had she just went in for a screening at age 50, this may have been prevented, or at least caught sooner.

Skipping forward to present day - my mother just finished chemo, and scans show that both she and I are in remission with no evidence of disease! We are indeed blessed! With friends and family by our sides, we are winning this fight!

What One Million Strong Means to Amanda

Together we are stronger! I hate to see families struggle with the loss of a friend or a loved one. If we raise our one million voices together and encourage screening, we can save lives! We need to talk about the signs and symptoms and encourage others to NOT be afraid of a colonoscopy. After all, it could save your life!

Amanda's Advice

Don't lose hope! It's ok to have a bad day when you are feeling weak or frustrated. Find a friend who will let you vent, cry, scream, curse and yell! Get it out! But, after that, count your blessings and enjoy living your beautiful life! You are surviving! You are strong!

Don't be afraid to speak up for yourself. Tell your doctors what is going on with you. Be open and honest.