arrow copy Created with Sketch. FightCRC Logo fcc-logo-light

Aimee Beaufait

Patients & Survivors Stage III Rectal Cancer Florida
Back to Champion Stories

Aimee's story

I was 34 years old and had had my third child only 10 months prior. My stools were thin and bloody, and I chalked it up to post-pregnancy hemorrhoids and stress (my baby had medical problems and one of my other children had just received an autism diagnosis).

I finally went and got a colonoscopy, only because my parents were in town, and so I had another driver while my husband was with our kids. My dad picked me up and knew it was bad news when they asked him to come in.

After treatment I had a temporary ileostomy and reversal to which I’m still adjusting.

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms included rectal bleeding or blood in stool, and narrow stools.

Side effects

Side effects included fatigue, bowel irregularities, chemo induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), pain, chemo brain, distress or mental health issues/illness.

Aimee's advice

The faster you can understand what’s going on, the easier it is to treat. As a mom, I put myself on the back burner for much longer than I should have.

You can do this! It won’t be easy. Steps will likely seem gross, but you can tackle this! Use every support offered to you and focus on you as much as possible.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Stories

Patient/Survivor Stage IV Rectal Cancer

Kristie Reimann

Side Effects, Fatigue, Rectal bleeding or blood in stool, Ongoing change in bowel habits, Narrow stools, Unable to have a bowel movement (bowel obstruction) or constipation, Stomach cramps/bloating/fullness
Patient/Survivor Stage III Rectal Cancer

Ashlyn Carter

Side Effects, Fatigue, Rectal bleeding or blood in stool, Other (please explain)
Family Member of Patient Blood Relative Stage III Colon Cancer

Liliana Bolaños

Side Effects, Fatigue, Rectal bleeding or blood in stool, Ongoing change in bowel habits, Stomach cramps/bloating/fullness, Anemia/low iron