Colon Cancer Diagnosis for Young Patient

Colon Cancer Diagnosis for Young Patient

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I was 35 years old
when I was diagnosed and that is very rare. I had really no
knowledge of colon cancer or how people get that. There are
so many factors around fear and the unknown, but when you
have confidence in the people that are taking care of you,
it allows you to lessen those worries that you have. When our patients know that
we’re open and willing to listen, and that
we truly care, they’re more likely to open up to us about
what’s really going on, what they’re really concerned
about. And I was lucky enough to have that
experience with Jack during a visit where he opened up to me. And because he opened up to me,
and we decided to be proactive about his concerns, we found
some abnormalities that led to the diagnosis. I went in, really, just
to get referred to a physical therapist for my
shoulder and she started asking more questions, you know,
“What do you like to do?” I said, “Well, I
like to play basketball.” And she says, “Oh, how is that
going?” I was like, “Oh, well, I almost fainted the
other day.” She goes, “Oh, let’s talk more about
that.” And she kept asking me just questions to get to know
me and allowed me to feel more comfortable, where I
started sharing more about how I was feeling. It cannot be underestimated the
importance of what Dr. Harvey did to elicit
his real complaints. And so, her ability to decipher this is
what led Jack being referred to my clinic. One of the things that’s great
about Sharp Rees-Stealy is that we have our specialists
at our fingertips. So, I was able to reach out to Dr.
Keller and his team as soon as I saw abnormalities that were
concerning on Jack’s results. Jack had a
fairly advanced cancer. It was not an early cancer. And so,
if with time he persisted just being fatigued and tired,
and was being dismissed as something other than his
anemia, I fear that his cancer would have been much
more advanced and even become a stage 4 process, which as we
all know is often fatal. I would just want every single
person in the world to receive the type of care
that I received. It was Dr. Harvey’s ability to
learn more about me, and diagnose me, and find
the cancer early, which made all the difference. And so,
I’m forever grateful to her for taking an interest in me and
for saving my life.

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