My goal – Let's knock colon cancer out together!!!
I’ve signed up for Get Your Rear in Gear – a fun event, with a funny name – to raise awareness and increase screening for a not-so-funny disease: colon cancer. In case you have not yet heard my personal story, Diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at age 34, here it is:
In July of 2018 I went to the doctor because I had been dealing with, what I thought to be, a pulled muscle under my right rib. She sent me to get an ultrasound, during which they saw something. A cyst, I thought, it has to be a cyst, liver cysts run in my family. They ordered an immediate CT scan to make sure. It was not a cyst, but an unidentifiable mass. Fast forward to Monday, July 23rd, after an MRI and colonoscopy(ordered after my CT showed some minor abnormalities), the doctors came in to tell us what they found. Ryan(my husband) and I still didn't know what in the world was happening! That's when he said it: "YOU HAVE COLON CANCER which has spread to your liver, causing a mass which is the root of the pain you have been feeling." What did he just say? Was that directed at me? I am a healthy, active, 34 year old mother of 3 little kids. To say we were blindsided is an understatement.
Since then, I have ungone chemotherapy, sugery, and now I am back on chemotherapy until my second surgery which should be in the late spring. This has been very hard, on all of us(you guys included<B) but I KNOW we will beat this!! Ryan and the kids have stayed so strong through it all and I think seeing them gives me that extra boost each day to stay positive and keep on keeping on...Cancer picked the wrong lady and wrong community to mess with!! Now let's raise some money and help to knock out this terrible disease for good!!!!
Love you all from the bottom of my heart xoxoxo KGC
What can you, my friends and family, do to help?
I have an ambitious fundraising goal but with the support of my friends and family I know I can make it! The money I raised will help fund local programs to increase screening and awareness for colon and rectal cancer, as well as programs and services to support those of us living with the disease!
10 Facts about colon cancer
- Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
- One in 23 Americans will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
- 1 in 5 colorectal cancer patients are 20-54 years old.
- 51% of people 50-54 have not been screened.
- Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally, and people of all races and nationalities.
- Screening for colon cancer should begin at age 45.
- Those with a parent, sibling, or other relative with colon cancer have an increased risk of developing the disease.
- Colorectal cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer death in young adults.
- 49% of young onset colorectal cancer patients are 43-49 years old.
- If you have a colon you are at risk.
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Learn more at coloncancercoalition.org/get-educated.
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