World Cancer Day: My Story, My Fight, My Survival

This past spring, I was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer after going for a routine colonoscopy at age 50.

Throughout the challenging process, I only shared the news with a small handful of family and friends who stood by me with unwavering support, and now I’m ready to share my story with you. After weighing my treatment options, I sought-out an all-female team at Sloan Kettering, and after multiple rounds of chemo followed by surgery in late December, I’m now cancer free!

Part of spreading awareness is promoting World Cancer Day, which was founded as an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control in 2000 to raise global awareness about cancer research, prevention, education, legislation, treatment, and support for all who suffer from the disease, regardless of income, location, ethnicity, or gender.

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