I had been having lower back pain for a few months but ignored that and other warning signs my body was trying to give me. My friends and family finally urged me to go to the hospital emergency room after being misdiagnosed by my doctor.
I am sure I can speak for anyone diagnosed, you never forget the feeling of pure disbelief and utter shock when you are told you have cancer. For me, it was like an out of body experience. There was no way I was being told I had cancer, and colon cancer at that. I was a young woman with no family history of colon cancer, and I thought colon cancer is an “old mans” disease.
After my diagnosis things moved quickly. I was already admitted to the hospital, so surgery was scheduled. After surgery, I spent a few days in the hospital and was discharged. I had many appointments after that to determine the course of treatment I would need, which included chemotherapy and radiation.
I was in remission for about 6 months but unfortunately, the cancer returned and spread to my lungs and heart. I have been told that I will be on chemo for the rest of my life.
My biggest piece of advice is to listen to your body, be educated, and remember you are your biggest advocate when it comes to your healthcare.
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.