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Colorectal Cancer Patient Stories

Diane Smith

Colorectal Cancer

Diane Smith

Colorectal Cancer

In September of 2015, Diane noticed something unusual - blood in her stool. Obviously concerned, she made an appointment with her local gastroenterologist who performed a colonoscopy in March of 2015. The test revealed a 2-inch bleeding polyp on her colon. The doctor initially diagnosed Diane with hemorrhoids because she had none of the common symptoms of colon cancer such as weight loss or stomach pain.

Alison Kovalchik

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

Alison Kovalchik

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

Alison Kovalchik believes that her positive mindset, staying active, her fantastic friends, supportive family and her faith all played a positive role in her life.

“In 2016, I turned 60 years old but I tend to believe I am still in my thirties,” Alison shares. “I have two incredible and supportive children. My son is 29 years old and works in the field of anthropology and archaeology, and is an avid mountain biker. My daughter is 27 years old. She is a voice-over actor and Pilates instructor and artist.”

Mary Anne Barlow

Colorectal Cancer

Mary Anne Barlow

Colorectal Cancer

Mary Anne Barlow says she has a strong faith and every day does her best to make this world a better place. She has worked as a parole officer, a drug and alcohol counselor and currently runs a non-profit to help at risk pregnant women. “I believe that the Lord leads me to help others,” says Mary Anne.

Mary Anne is also a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. In 2011, Mary Anne was diagnosed with rectal cancer. She believes her faith has kept her on a positive path and believes that positive thinking has played a strong role in her improving health.

Darryl Hall

Colorectal Cancer

Darryl Hall

Colorectal Cancer

For a few months, Darryl Hall wasn’t feeling right. He was constipated and had difficulty with bowel movements. “I hadn’t been to a doctor in several years, so I decided that I should get this checked out,” recalls Darryl, 65. “My family doctor ordered both a CAT and an X-Ray and I was told a mass was detected.  I was referred to a surgeon at my local hospital. After two colposcopies and anexploratory surgery, I still didn’t have answers. I would go back to see several doctors at my community hospital and the doctors never seemed to communicate. I was getting frustrated and I knew I needed to get a second opinion.”

Lauren Ricottone

Colorectal Cancer

Lauren Ricottone

Colorectal Cancer

In 2015, Lauren Ricottone went in for a colonoscopy, expecting hemorrhoids to be the culprit behind the occasional rectal bleeding she was experiencing. Instead, she got a big surprise.

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