I was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 34. It all started with me having painful bowel spasms and a pain in my right side. I ended up in the emergency room on Easter where a CT scan showed inflammation in my colon and I was told that I more than likely had colitis, and I was referred to a GI doctor. The GI doctor told me he couldn’t make a diagnosis until a colonoscopy was performed.
During my colonoscopy, a large tumor was found, and my doctor knew it was cancer immediately. I was swept off for a chest X-ray to check for any evidence of tumors in my lungs. I was admitted to the hospital that afternoon and surgery was scheduled for the next day. After learning I had colon cancer, I felt a peace wash over me, and I knew everything was going to be fine. I know that it was God. He was with me.
The surgeon removed a fist size tumor and about two feet of my colon along with some lymph nodes. My pathology report came back with the results of having stage II colon cancer, and I was referred to an oncologist. All of the cancer was removed through the surgery and no further treatment was needed. I would continue with follow up visits with my oncologist.
In April 2022, I will be cancer free for 15 years. I am thankful for each and every day. I always remember the two simple words of advice my oncologist gave me, “Live life.” Two words that mean so much.
With colon cancer being diagnosed at such early ages, I want to share my story. I want to share that having colonoscopies can save lives and how important it is to be in tune with your body. If something isn’t normal for your body, please see your doctor as soon as possible.