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Shawna Brown

Patient/Survivor Colon Cancer California
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I am a resilient colon cancer survivor, who has transformed my personal journey into a powerful advocacy mission. Diagnosed at the age of 49, I was initially unaware of the need for earlier screening. My diagnosis marked a pivotal moment, igniting a commitment to raising awareness about colorectal cancer.

After a positive FIT kit test result, I underwent a colonoscopy, revealing the presence of polyps and confirming a diagnosis of colon cancer. Swift surgical intervention removed part of my colon, leading to my victorious battle against the disease.

Now, I have emerged as a formidable advocate within the community, emphasizing the importance of education and timely screenings. Through my own experience, I passionately champion the "Timing Saves Lives" initiative, urging individuals to prioritize early detection. My story serves as both inspiration and a poignant reminder that proactive measures can make a lifesaving difference in the fight against colorectal cancer.

I had no symptoms, and my colorectal cancer was found after taking a FIT test.

My side effects included bowel irregularities, pain, distress or mental health issues/illness.

My advice for someone who might be afraid to seek out medical advice or colorectal cancer screening is don't ignore it. Getting screened can save your life. To my fellow relentless champions, I urge you to embrace the strength within and believe in the power of resilience. Throughout my journey with colorectal cancer, a piece of advice that resonated deeply was, "Your strength is your beacon; let it guide you through the darkest moments."

Every step forward, no matter how small, contributes to your triumph. Surround yourself with a supportive community, draw inspiration from others' stories, and remember that seeking help is a courageous act.

In times of doubt, reflect on the progress you've made, and let hope be the fuel that propels you forward. Your journey is a testament to your strength, and as you navigate challenges, you inspire others to persevere. You are not alone—let your relentless spirit shine.

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