My Story: Amy Ganote

"Dec 1, 2010 I had a colonoscopy due to having symptoms for over 1.5 years. Since there is no cancer in my family and I was only 40 when my symptons started (mainly blood in my stool), I ignored my symptons.

When I woke up from my colonoscopy, I was told the doc had found 2 polyps and a tumor in my colon. I was then asked, where did I want to have my follow up ultra sound performed at? So my schedule was the following for that week: Dec 1 Wed - colonoscopy; Dec 2 Thur - ultrasound/blood work at hospital; Dec 3 Fri - consult with the surgeon.

Two weeks later, on Dec 16th, I had colon cancer surgery that removed part of my colon and the tumor. I was very lucky. No chemo, and no radiation.

I had my 1 year follow up colonoscopy last week, were the doc found 1 polyp (waiting on the biopsy).

In 1 month and 3 days, I will be 1 year cancer free!!"

---Amy Ganote, Taylorsville, Ky.

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