In 2015 at the age of 45, I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic adenocarcinoma of my colon. I was told as a woman this was unusual. The cancer, once it was finally diagnosed, was in its late stages having perforated my colon. Although I had a colostomy to save my life, I would face radiation, chemo and still be told my life span was only a 5-year chance. I chose both treatment options.
Today at 49 my cancer is NOT cured. It has metastasized most of my body. I’m still struggling with a colostomy and small bowel hernia obstruction along with my diagnosis. I am waiting for approval for another dangerous abdominal surgery. The cancers are NOT going to be my end: I’m still here. Although the fight is long, you keep jumping through and doing what’s next. I know I am where God wants me now.
Submitted May 1, 2019
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.