What’s a colonoscopy really like? How have colonoscopies helped other patients? Learn from patients who have gone through the experience.

Patient Stories - Guy

Guy

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I came to the Tour de Tush Colon Cancer Awareness Event sponsored by my employer in 2015 just to help. But in the end, it helped me.”

Yellow rule

“The signs at the event said people should be screened at the age 50 for colorectal cancer. I was 54. After hearing so much information, I was motivated to have my colonoscopy. It changed my life, as I was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer. Thankfully, the early diagnosis meant there was hope. Now that I have undergone treatment, I’m hoping I’ll see 90.”

Almeta

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In my early 70’s, my doctor said several times that I should have a colonoscopy.”

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“I felt fine so I didn’t think I needed one. I finally gave in and said to go ahead, and I scheduled one. In 2003 I had my first colonoscopy, and they found a tumor. I had an operation to remove the tumor because the biopsy showed it was cancer. They removed the tumor and a foot of my colon. I didn’t have to have any other treatment.”

“I’ve had several colonoscopies since then, and after 13 years, I’m still cancer free. This Thanksgiving I was able to enjoy being with my family of 30 because I had that first colonoscopy.”

Patient Stories - Almeta

Have your own story to share? Help other patients by sharing your experience with colon cancer.

Survivor Stories

To participate, make your own video testimonial:

Video Formatting

  • Keep your testimonial short: Between 30 seconds and 2 minutes
  • Find a space with natural light and make sure your face is gently lit when recording

Video Content

Introduction:

  • Your name, your location and your age bracket such as "in my 60s" [Hi, I'm Shirley Smith from Eugene Oregon, and I'm in my 60's]

Details about Diagnoses:

  • Date diagnosed
  • Length of time you have been considered disease-free
  • When the disease was discovered
  • Your treatment

Tell us a little about yourself [optional]:

  • If you have time, what you like to do in your free time? [Hobbies, family or even just enjoying the peace of mind knowing you are cancer free]

Conclusion:

  • If you are comfortable please finish with: "Ask your doctor if it's time for you to be screened...It might save your life."
About Colonoscopies

About Colonoscopies

It is important to know the symptoms and understand the risk factors of colon cancer.

Get Screened

Get Screened

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