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Sandy Muschenheim

Patients & Survivors Stage III Colon Cancer Minnesota

Story: "I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer during my baseline screening colonoscopy in 2011. One year later I had my first liver metastasis removed. I have had additional liver metastases removed in 2013 and 2015. My 72nd round of chemotherapy is tomorrow and I'm very fortunate to currently have no evidence of disease.

"It amazed me that there was not a large national movement for colon cancer like Susan G. Komen for breast cancer. SGK made it okay for women to talk about breast cancer and became a political movement demanding research to find a cure. Their political pressure lead to research that has found some innovative and amazing treatments for breast cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and most people, even physicians that I work with, do not realize that. I see Fight Colorectal Cancer becoming the movement to change the face of colorectal cancer, giving a voice to all people impacted by this disease."

Advice: "Don't lose hope!  Live every day to the fullest and share your story with everyone you can. You will rapidly find that there are others all around you who are also impacted by this disease. Together we can build a better future."

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