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Sarah Dean’s Story

Patients & Survivors Stage III Rectal Cancer Colorado

Sarah's Story: Being Diagnosed with Rectal Cancer

I was a young wife and mom when I was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer at the age of 30. My GI doctor found a large tumor during a colonoscopy, and a sample was taken to test for cancer. Two days later, my husband and I were in the GI's office receiving the news no one ever wants to hear: 'You have cancer.'

Sarah's Advice For Those Diagnosed with Cancer

While a colonoscopy might seem scary, it’s something we need to do. Seek a loved one or friend to go with you for support.

Talking to cancer patients and survivors in a support group was the most helpful for me.

In conclusion, make sure you laugh! It might be an old saying, but it’s true: "Laughter is the best medicine." Also, take care of your mental health, too! When you’re ready, seek out therapy to help process everything.

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