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Sarah

Location

WI
United States
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Cancer type (NET): 
Carcinoid
Diagnosis Year: 
2008
How I survive cancer: 
I was diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor in my appendix on November 14th, 2008. It was found after I had had an emergency appendectomy a few weeks earlier. I was in shock when I was told, at the age of 18 and in my first semester of college, that I had cancer. Two days after I finished my semester at college, I had a right hemicolectomy to remove 1/3 of my colon and 40 lymph nodes in order to prevent more spreading of the tumor. I am now cancer free and have been for the last two and a half years!! It was my family and friends that helped me survive, but also my amazing doctors and my own determination to beat cancer when I was only 18 years old.
How I fight for a cure: 
I became involved in Relay for Life at my college following my diagnosis and have completed three relays to date. It is great to be surrounded by people who have been in similar situations and who know what it feels like. I may be one of the youngest people to be ever diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor (according to my oncologist), but I still want to make a difference.

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