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Wendi Neal

Patients & Survivors Stage III Rectal Cancer Oklahoma
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Wendi's story

I went for my first colonoscopy in April 2023. I had just turned 46, and my maternal grandmother passed away from colon cancer at the age of 65.

I was not expecting to hear that I had cancer: I had no symptoms. I am married and have two children under the age of 18. My first thoughts were of them. I would anything and everything to get well and have many more years with them.

I am currently undergoing treatment and do not know what the future holds, but I am grateful that my doctor referred me to have a colonoscopy, and I live with hope that this is treatable and curable.

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms included no symptoms.

Side effects

Side effects included fatigue, neuropathy, and chemo brain.

Wendi's advice

Getting medical advice and screening is important, even if you have no symptoms. It can save your life.

Remain hopeful and do what your medical professionals tell you. Seek a second opinion, if you are unsure.

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