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Shelli’s Story (Stage 3B Colon Cancer)

shellis-story-colon-cancerOn May 22, 2015, I went in for a routine colonoscopy. They found what they suspected was cancer. After further tests, consultations, etc, I had surgery several days later. They removed about 10 inches of my colon and a bunch of lymph nodes.

On June 2, 2015, it was confirmed that I had Stage 3b colon cancer. I had to get a port inserted, which was removed after a couple chemo treatments because of a blood clot. I then had to take blood thinners for a month and had my chemo treatments done via IV. A second port was inserted in a different location and I had no further issues. I  spent the rest of 2015 going through chemo and suffering all its side effects (including sickness, hair loss, neuropathy), numerous doctor appointments and tests, etc.

Five years later, I’m cancer free. I’m always telling people to GET TESTED because sometimes, you don’t know what’s going on inside. I had no symptoms and may not be here today to share my story if I hadn’t been tested.

Submitted 06/03/2020

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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