Patients share their personal and practical advice about colon disease.
I would say the best advice I could give somebody who is newly diagnosed with colon cancer is research.
The people who may have cancer or may be thinking they’ve got cancer, they really need to go to a specialist immediately.
Not only to learn about the disease itself, but learn about the questions to ask your doctor.
What I learned was that I really have to pay attention to what’s going on with my body. If it doesn’t feel right, it’s not right.
You know, a colon test is nothing fun, but it’s just really important.
Don’t listen to statistics of the age limit of when you should proceed, if there’s something [that] feels wrong.
Don’t question, just go do it. It’s better to go real soon and find out you’ve got nothing, than don’t go. And then you’ve got it and you’re done.
I believe that a positive attitude in this case is of the utmost importance because it not only helps you know how to fight it, but it helps you have the courage and the stamina to do all the research, to go through all the operations, to go through all the chemo, and to know that you’re going to come out the other … the other end better than you started.
It has made me realize that, you know, you can’t just talk the talk; you have to walk the walk, as far as health goes.
We’ve got all the people in our family paying pretty close attention, well … maybe when they become fifty, fifty-five … go get it checked.
You never want to give up on any day. Each day is new and it could be your last.
I came down with the cancer about 18 years ago. Now, when we first diagnosed it, and we finally looked in there, and he went there and operated and stuff … well, he said, “You know, you probably have maybe five years at the most.”
We need wakeup calls throughout our lives and they come in different ways. And listen to your body.