I am Barbara Majeski, a wife and mother, dedicated to my family. I was diagnosed at 42, with stage 3 colon cancer and have received six months of chemotherapy.
I enjoy helping support the community and speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. I am fit, active, overall in great shape, and have even ran the New York City marathon, twice. Although, colon cancer doesn’t care about any of that. I do have a family history of colon cancer and I had symptoms for years. However, I didn’t think colon cancer was something healthy women got. I never knew of anyone my age or gender with colon cancer, in my mind it was something that happened to overweight men in their 60’s, so I ignored them.
I believe the only emancipation from suffering is to help others, so during colon cancer awareness month last year – I shared my story on social media. I believed by sharing my experience I could help others, by encouraging early screening. I received dozens of thanks you’s. It truly elevated my spirits and gave purpose to my journey. I will continue to share my story in hopes of bringing more awareness to early screening and detection.
Words of wisdom I have for anyone fighting this disease is, “You can only control your attitude through the process. The decision to have a positive attitude is up to you.” I walked every day. Instead of casseroles I asked for “walkers.” Someone would come over every day and we would go on a walk. Some days I felt so sick but once I got moving I felt better. I felt I was playing an active role in my health and recovery and it helped my mood and attitude. I really loved my walks and bonded more with my friends and family. There was only bad clothes never bad weather!
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