I am an early-onset, young adult colorectal cancer survivor. At 31 years old, I was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer, and my life has been forever changed.
Although I struggled with excruciating GI problems for years, it never crossed my mind, not even once, that I had advanced rectal cancer. I was young. I was healthy. I was overly active as a marathon runner and cycling instructor. The reality is, however, that people just like me in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are being diagnosed with stage III and stage IV colorectal cancer. Advanced research, advocacy, and education are needed to encourage screening and to save lives. Too many people are dying from this dreadful disease, and we can make a difference in the fight against it!