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Testimonials

Patients, survivors, friends and family say it best. The following testimonials were submitted by people whose lives have been touched by colon cancer. Whether a story of survival, a story in honor of someone who has battled this disease, or a first person account of a colonoscopy – we invite you to share your story. You can submit your story by filling out the “Tell Us Your Story” form here.

Because of the impact your story can have on colon cancer prevention, we will make a five dollar donation to The V Foundation for Cancer Research for every story submitted. Together with ESPN, famed college basketball coach, Jimmy Valvano, formed the foundation in 1993 before losing his own battle with cancer. His foundation’s focus on saving lives by finding cures for cancer is a mission that complements ours. To date, 16 grants and more than 2.2 million dollars have been awarded directly to colon cancer funding.

Just as Coach Jimmy V dreamt of finding cures for cancer, we too are a part of the fight to eliminate this disease. Thank you for sharing your story. It really can make a difference.

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Mark

from Florence, SC

I am the assistant sports editor for the Morning News in Florence, S.C. Here is a link to a column I wrote recently about my colon cancer “adventure.”

http://www.scnow.com/news/article_5433b2ae-5cb6-11e4-97a7-0017a43b2370.html

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Robin - Henryville

Robin

from Henryville, IN

It was a mild breezy spring day in 2013.  I had just hit a tee shot down the left hand side of #1, which made a fortunate bounce into the fairway, leaving me a short iron from the green.  The call I received before hitting that short iron, felt like a very unfortunate bounce into the deep rough, hazard, or maybe even out of bounds.  The doctor said, “Mr. Embry, the pathology report confirms you have cancer”.  About a month before, I had developed a very sharp pain in my side.  My doctor sent me for...

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jerr - pittsburgh

jerr

from pittsburgh, PA

I’m 49 with a bad family history of colon cancer plus I have had GI bleeding,pain and striking change in bowel habits, anemia. So, even I understand that I need a colonoscopy..my problem is that I do not want sedation; which is often only a shot of Versed that causes temporary amnesia nad forces the patient to be compliant during the exam. My friend who is a nurse was screaming in pain during her colonoscopy (I was the driver, but coud hear her screaming from the waiting room; the nurses told me smugly: “she won’t remember...

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Shaun - Hampshire

Shaun

from Hampshire, IL

My cousin was 34 when she went to the doc for pain & blood in her stool. He treated her for IBS for a year before finally having a colonoscopy done. Sure enough, she had stage 4 colon cancer. She fought for 3 years before the cancer completely took over. She died right before her 38th birthday.Every needs to know this is NOT an old persons disease! Know the signs & family history! If caught early enough, colon cancer is 100% treatable!

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Karen

from Houston, TX

“An Awakening”

When I was diagnosed with Breast cancer a few years back, I reacted like most who receive a cancer diagnose; first thing came to mind was a “death sentence”. However, I found out later that it was truly “an awakening”. I began questioning God, why would you do this to me? What had I done in life so bad to have this placed upon me? But instead of bemoaning my fate, I decided to look for the positive side of it. There has to be a reason for it all.

I also realized...

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