arrow copy Created with Sketch. FightCRC Logo fcc-logo-light
Shanie Hepler

Shanie Hepler

Patients & Survivors Stage IV Colon Cancer Kansas
Back to Champion Stories

Shanie's story

At the end of 2006 and beginning of 2007, I was proudly expecting my third child. Throughout the end of this pregnancy, I was suffering with terrible bowel trouble.

I brought this up to my doctor at that time and was told I had hemorrhoids due to the pregnancy. It eventually got so bad that I couldn’t even take a walk after dinner and make it back to the bathroom. I also started passing nothing but blood.

I gave birth to a healthy baby girl May 9, 2007. I continued to suffer the same symptoms and was told that I needed to give my body time to heal. I returned to work. I could not function on my job with all of the trips I had to make to the bathroom.

I sought help on my own and went to see a gastroenterologist.

On August 24, 2007, I had my first colonoscopy where I was given my images upon waking up and told that I had stage IV colon cancer. In a daze I scheduled a CT scan. It showed that I had spots on my liver.

I was immediately referred to an oncologist.

My daughter was baptized that next Sunday, and I started the prep for my colon resection surgery. They put my port in at the same time I had my surgery. After surgery, I was introduced to my chemo pump. The chemotherapy made me sick but regardless of how I felt, I got up every morning, got the kids off to school and my new baby to day care, and I went to work.

In November I had liver surgery to remove the right lobe of my liver. The surgeon was able to remove all of the spots on my liver. Today I have inoperable tumors in my lungs. Although I won't survive my diagnosis, I live to be a voice for others to spread awareness and save lives through my story.

Shanie's advice

Surround yourself with people who will not listen to you when you say you don't want help.

Hold tight to your faith and all of your faithful friends who can build you back up when you grow too weak to do it yourself.

What One Million Strong means to me

It means that we are united for a cause bigger than ourselves. As one million voices, we set out to change the impact of colon cancer for future generations.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Stories

Patient/Survivor Stage IV Rectal Cancer

Kristie Reimann

Side Effects, Fatigue, Rectal bleeding or blood in stool, Ongoing change in bowel habits, Narrow stools, Unable to have a bowel movement (bowel obstruction) or constipation, Stomach cramps/bloating/fullness
Patients & Survivors Stage III Rectal Cancer

Michael Holtz

Early-Age Onset
Patient/Survivor Stage III Colon Cancer

David Coulter

Treatments, Chemotherapy, Surgery