My Story of Diagnosis: How I Knew I Had Colon Cancer
My name is John and I am a survivor of colon cancer. I was diagnosed with the disease in the summer of 2018, and it was a life-changing experience. I want to share my story of diagnosis and how I knew I had colon cancer.
It all started with a routine colonoscopy. I had been feeling a bit off for a few weeks, but I didn’t think much of it. I was in my late 40s and I figured it was just a sign of getting older. But when I went in for the colonoscopy, the doctor found a polyp. He said it was likely benign, but he wanted to take a biopsy to be sure.
A few days later, I got the results back. The polyp was cancerous. I was shocked and scared. I had no idea what this meant for my future. I was referred to an oncologist and I started to learn more about my diagnosis.
The oncologist explained that I had stage 3 colon cancer. This meant that the cancer had spread to nearby lymph nodes. I was told that I would need to undergo chemotherapy and radiation to treat the cancer. I was scared, but I was determined to fight.
I started my treatment right away. I had to go through a lot of tests and scans to make sure the cancer hadn’t spread further. I also had to make some lifestyle changes. I had to quit smoking, start exercising, and eat a healthier diet.
After months of treatment, I was declared cancer-free. I was so relieved and grateful. I had beaten the odds and I was determined to stay healthy.
My story of diagnosis is one of hope. I want to encourage others who are facing a similar diagnosis to stay strong and fight. With the right treatment and lifestyle changes, you can beat cancer.