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How I Discovered I Had Colon Cancer: A Journey of Awareness and Empowerment

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is a life-altering experience that brings a whirlwind of emotions and challenges. In this personal account, I will share my journey of how I came to know I had colon cancer. My hope is that by recounting my story, others may gain awareness about the symptoms, the importance of early detection, and the empowerment that comes from being proactive about one’s health.

The Warning Signs Ignored

Looking back, I now realize that my body was trying to send me warning signals long before my diagnosis. I had experienced sporadic episodes of unexplained abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits, but I attributed these symptoms to stress, dietary issues, or minor gastrointestinal disturbances. Little did I know that these seemingly benign signs could be indicative of a more serious underlying condition.

Connecting the Dots

As the months passed, the symptoms became more persistent, and I started noticing other concerning changes. I began experiencing unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and occasional rectal bleeding. It was at this point that I knew I couldn’t ignore these signs any longer. My intuition, coupled with a nagging feeling that something was amiss, prompted me to seek medical advice.

The Doctor’s Visit

I scheduled an appointment with my primary care physician, who took my concerns seriously. After discussing my symptoms and medical history, the doctor recommended further investigation, including a colonoscopy, which is considered the gold standard for detecting colon cancer. While the thought of undergoing such a procedure was intimidating, I knew it was crucial for obtaining an accurate diagnosis.

The Diagnosis

The colonoscopy revealed a shocking truth: I had colon cancer. The initial disbelief and fear quickly gave way to a determination to face the challenge head-on. The oncologist explained the stage of the cancer and outlined the treatment options available to me. While the diagnosis was overwhelming, knowing what I was up against empowered me to take control of my health and make informed decisions about my treatment plan.

Treatment and Support

I embarked on a rigorous treatment journey that included surgery, chemotherapy, and regular follow-up appointments. Throughout this process, I learned the importance of having a strong support system. Family, friends, and support groups played a crucial role in providing emotional support and encouragement during the toughest times. Connecting with others who had faced similar battles offered hope and inspiration, showing me that I was not alone in this fight.

Embracing a Healthier Lifestyle

Facing cancer not only led me to prioritize my physical health but also motivated me to embrace a healthier lifestyle. I focused on nutrition, exercise, and stress management to support my body through the challenges of treatment and recovery. Making these positive changes not only aided my physical well-being but also provided a sense of control and empowerment in an otherwise daunting situation.

Spreading Awareness and Advocacy

As I progressed through my cancer journey, I realized the importance of spreading awareness about colon cancer and early detection. Many people, like me, might initially dismiss symptoms as minor inconveniences or hesitate to seek medical attention due to fear or denial. I became an advocate for regular screenings and open communication with healthcare professionals. By sharing my story, I hoped to encourage others to listen to their bodies, seek medical advice promptly, and prioritize their health proactively.


Discovering I had colon cancer was a life-altering moment that shook me to my core. However, through the journey of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, I learned the value of awareness, empowerment, and support. Being attuned to my body’s signals, seeking medical advice promptly, and advocating for my health was pivotal in my fight against cancer. Today, as a survivor like Allison Rosen, I am committed to raising awareness about colon cancer and encouraging others to be proactive in their health journey. Remember, early detection can save lives, and with the right support and mindset, one can face even the most challenging circumstances with strength and resilience.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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