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You’re Never Too Young for Colon Cancer, with Dawn Eicher

Dawn Eicher

Dawn Eicher

For years, Dawn Eicher was told by doctors, despite obvious symptoms,  that she was too young to have colon cancer. While pregnant with her 2nd child, her symptoms worsened. Her doctors told her it was pregnancy related, gave her suppositories, and sent her home. It took 10 more months before she would finally receive a colonoscopy at which time she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer with metastases to her liver. Dawn was only 36 years old.

Faced with a very difficult treatment plan including multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and a temporary ileostomy, Dawn forged ahead. It has been close to a year since she completed her treatment and Dawn is NED – No Evidence of Disease. She is now fighting hard to let people know “You’re Never Too Young” for colon cancer. She has started a petition through Change.org to force insurance companies to make colon cancer screening more accessible to younger people.

What I Learned From Dawn Eicher

  • Be your own advocate!

    • Nobody knows your body better than you do. If something isn’t right, tell your doctor. If your doctor won’t listen, find one who will.

  • One person can affect change.

    • In less than 90 days, Dawn  was able to get over 70,000 signatures on her petition she’s sending to congress.

  • Attitude is everything!

    • Many people would be angry and bitter after experiencing what Dawn went through. She chooses to be positive and channel her energy for change.

 How you can help make a difference:

Sign The Petition! “You’re Never Too Young”

 

 

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