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Katrina O’Quinn

Patients & Survivors Stage III Rectal Cancer California
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Story: "I was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer after a colonoscopy in May 2018. I got the diagnosis via the phone when I was home alone. Three months later, my husband Thomas had emergency surgery for an obstruction. We sat together in my oncologist‘s office when we were informed of Thomas’ diagnosis of stage IV metastatic colon cancer. My oncologist could not believe that both of us would be battling cancer at the same time."

Advice: "What kept me going – to quote Rocky Balboa, 'It ain’t about how hard you hit…It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It's about how much you can take and keep moving forward!'"

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