I am honored to be an AmBASHador for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s Blue Hope Bash. I kept my story secret for a while, but I am sharing it with you because it is so important to me that I raise awareness and funds for their mission to screen, care, and cure.
We want to end colorectal cancer. Will you help us? Please read on and donate today.
This is my story:
I was diagnosed in September of 2018: rectal cancer, stage 2. It was a shock. I was a very healthy person. I even completed a 5k three months before my diagnosis I kept my results a secret. I didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for me. Then it was surgery, chemo, an ostomy bag, which was reversed. It can be a big change. I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize myself. So many things have changed because of cancer--for the better, too. The bonds with my husband, my family, even my spiritual life, are all stronger. Every day when I open my eyes, I thank God for one day more. And then I try to do the best with that day. And the next day after that. One of the ways I try to do that is through my work--putting the patient first. The other way is through volunteering with the Alliance. I spread the message of prevention. In my case, I saw symptoms for so long, but didn’t do anything because I was busy taking care of my family, I was afraid, and I just postponed. Now I tell people not to delay. If you suspect something is wrong, it probably is. Don’t wait and don’t take “no” for an answer. Be sure you are comfortable with your medical team. This is why the Alliance’s work is so important to me--they are working to get people screened, care for those already impacted, and fund research for a cure and better treatment options. I hope, like everyone else, that there will be a cure or maybe colorectal cancer will be more like a chronic illness someday. I hope fewer people get colorectal cancer and I hope more people who get a diagnosis also get to open their eyes each day.
Fundraising is new for me and I am a little scared, but I am going for it because I want more people to have the chance I have. Thank you for
reading. I hope you will support my service as an AmBASHador and this important mission to end colorectal cancer by giving generously today.
Es un honor ser una embajadora de la alianza contra el cancer colorectal durante su actividad de Blue Hope Bash.
Como sobreviviente de cancer rectal es mi deseo poder ver en un futuro cercano una cura para esta enfermedad o al menos que pueda ser tratada como una condición crónica.
El cáncer nos cambia la vida , nos damos cuenta que el regalo mas grande es poder estar con las personas que mas amamos. Nos acerca a la familia y amigos . Pero sobre todo aumenta nuestra fe y el agradecimiento se hace mas grande cada día . Por eso te pido que si puedes me ayudes a ayudar. La alianza ayuda a pacientes a manejar su enfermedad con recursos, información y apoyo. También los ayuda con exámenes de diagnóstico que pueden significar la diferencia entre la vida y la muerte. Dios los Bendiga y toque sus corazones a cooperar con nuestra causa