I would be happy to share to help others!! I’m Robin Dam Viar, diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic Colon Cancer almost 8 years ago at the age 39. I actually had many symptoms, very anemic, stomach and pelvic pain, cramping, some bleeding. But since I was so young, I had to keep pushing so my doctors would listen that there was a real problem. I went from going to the doctor once a year to going to the doctor constantly. Because of this, one doctor actually diagnosed me with Anxiety (and nothing else). I finally found a doctor that would listen and I thank god for her every day. Screening saves lives and is so important. I was too young for a screening, so also listening to your body is incredibly important, because we know when something is wrong. I was given 10% odds to live when I was diagnosed. And I am NOW 7 YEARS cancer-free. In 2018, my FRATERNAL twin sister, Meredith L. Chezem, was diagnosed Stage 2 Colon Cancer at 45 years old, and has found out she has the Lynch Syndrome gene (I do not). She is also clear from cancer!
SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO to PREVENT COLON CANCER, the second leading cause of death by cancer?
1. Be a Super Hero to your family by making sure you step up and get screened if you are due (or past due). * Colon cancer is PREVENTABLE 91% of the time when caught early!
2. Sign up to fund raise and be heard for the Charlotte based fun run called Get Your Rear in Gear which will be held on Saturday March 28th - mark your calendar and sign up today for the Wind River Team (sign up here)! By helping here, you are also helping Wind River continue to offer free retreats and programs to colorectal survivors (we received a grant this year from this race and Colon Cancer Coalition). THANK YOU CCC!