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Angela’s Story (Colon Cancer)

AngelaHello! My name is Angela Van Zandt. I’m 42 and a mother of three awesome kids. I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in Oct. ‘17.  I had no prior health concerns before this month. My cancer spread to my liver and lungs. I had surgery to remove a tumor the size of an orange from my colon and now I’m on chemo for everything else!

I was working full time, living life to the fullest and had no idea that my whole life was about to change. I have been to the doctor/hospitals more in the last 3 months than I have my whole life. I was very angry at first and kept asking “why me”, but you can’t live life like that. I have an amazing boyfriend that hasn’t left my side. My three kids help me so much, and the rest of my family has been wonderful as well! Everyone continues to pray that my chemo will help shrink the remaining tumors and so far it has. I thank God every morning as I open my eyes for giving me another day. I am no longer angry, but just trying to enjoy my life with everyone that means everything to me. I have no doubt that I can fight and win this battle. It’s all in God’s hands and he is great!!

Submitted 01/18/2018

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Sondra Cunningham

    Keep fighting Angela! Praying for you! You will beat this!!????❤️

  2. Margaret

    Keep fighting girl! You are a strong women! Non stop prayers for you! Big hugs and luv ya girl!

  3. Carlos Martin

    Stay Strong Angela. Similar story for me. At 52 in 2012 no symptoms, Colon cancer tumor that then spread to liver an lungs. It’s now 2018 and I my nickname is NED (No evidence of disease). I just finished 5K today. I’ve lived life more the last 6 years than I did most of my 46 before.

  4. Carol King

    Remain strong. You’re a fighter. We love you and know you can beat this. Aunt Carol

  5. Kathy R

    Keep fighting! I was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer August ’17. After 28 chemo/radiation treatments and recently surgery to remove remaining tumor, I am now cancer free! Stay positive and we will all keep praying.

  6. Grey

    I love your attitude, Angela. Keep Fighting Like a Girl. You got this!

  7. Christina


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