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Amanda Webb

Patients & Survivors Stage IV Colon Cancer California

Story: "On May 20, 2021, my husband’s birthday, l was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at 31 weeks pregnant. I was at the hospital when l received the diagnosis as l had been admitted for a CT scan, colonoscopy, and liver biopsy. While we were hoping that the growths on my liver shown in the MRI were benign, cancer was a very real possibility.

"My husband was on the phone to hear the news when the doctor came to my hospital room. I had no idea that because the cancer had spread to my liver that it meant a stage IV diagnosis. Would l survive this? Live to see my son’s first birthday? A high-risk OB nurse took me to the hospital garden, and l collapsed into her crying as my husband made his was to the hospital. That was my darkest day."

Advice: "Screening is so worth it." Also, "Be your own advocate. The relationship with your oncologist is important: It has to work. Be completely honest when sharing your side effects from chemo with them. Find holistic remedies that also work for you. Connect with other warriors."

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