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Christian Eisenhauer

Patients & Survivors Stage IV Colon Cancer North Carolina

Story: "I was 36 years old when I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. I had been in the hospital for three weeks with an infection in my abdomen. The doctors could not figure out what was going on. I was told several times it could not be cancer because I was young, healthy, and had no family history. So after multiple scans and tests, they finally did a colonoscopy. They found a stricture causing mass 20 cm into my colon. It had caused a perforation, which led to the infection. My husband was with me when they told me it was cancer. I felt like I was outside of my own body. I couldn't believe it was happening to me. I was in shock. Then I looked over at my husband, and we broke down together. I kept thinking, "Am I going to die?"
Advice: "Please do not wait. If something is off, go get checked as soon as possible. Early detection is the best thing possible. Screening will be a lot easier than chemo, surgery, or radiation."
"Please know that in the CRC community, no one fights alone. There are so many others fighting with you. Connecting with other CRC warriors on social media has been such a huge blessing for me."

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