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Natalie Phelps

Patients & Survivors Stage IV Rectal Cancer Washington

Story: "I was diagnosed at age 38 with stage IV rectal cancer. I had been having symptoms at the end of my pregnancy, which only got worse after giving birth. I was in terrible pain, and it was the beginning of COVID-19. When my baby was 5 months old, I finally had a colonoscopy that discovered my tumor. I have been in treatment ever since – juggling COVID, parenting small children and treatment."

Advice: "This is a highly preventable/treatable disease if caught early. But horrible if caught late."

"There is always hope! Each tumor and patient is unique, and there are new scientific studies going on constantly."

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