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Faces of Blue: Dora Torres

Well, my cancer journey started on January 22, 2014. I was not feeling well and my husband had made me go to the emergency room. I remember waiting for the results of the scan, I thought it was nothing and I was going to be sent home. When the doctor told me that they found an inflammation on my colon and few lymph nodes I didn’t think it was going to be that bad. They admitted me into the hospital and put me on antibiotics right away. Two days later the inflammation was still there. I asked about the possibilities of this being cancer, but because of my age and no family history they told me it couldn’t be that.

Soon after a colonoscopy was ordered. The results came back positive. Surgery was schedule for the following day and after my surgery I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. Being a mother of five the first thing that came to my mind were my kids.

Their father had passed away a few years before and me being diagnosed with cancer just devastated me. But I knew the only option I had was to fight against whatever was coming my way. After surgery I started chemo and by the middle of it I was cancer free. I just had another PET scan after finishing my chemo and I am still cancer free.

My advice for all new diagnosed is to never lose faith, and that God can still give miracles. Now I live every day to the max, I know that I am not out of the woods but for now I am enjoying my life and my wonderful kids.


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