Emporia colon cancer survivor fights for awareness


CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. IT’S THE THIRD MOST COMMON CANCER IN THE U.S. TONIGHT — KSNT NEWS MORNING ANCHOR BRITTANY MOORE INTRODUCES US TO AN EMPORIA WOMAN WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH COLON CANCER… TWICE. ### — THIS YEAR — THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY ESTIMATES JUST OVER 50,000 PEOPLE WILL DIE OF COLORECTAL CANCER. AT AGE 48 — JACQUI SCHRADER FROM EMPORIA WAS DIAGNOSED WITH IT. Jacqui: I had a pain in my lower left abdomen and it would come and go. It wasn’t always there, it wasn’t constant, but it would just hurt. After 2-3 days I realized, oh something is bad. So he said you probably have colon cancer and we would like to do a colonoscopy. After the surgery it was chemotherapy for almost 8 months. BUT THE FIGHT WASN’T OVER YET FOR JACQUI. TWO YEARS LATER SHE WAS DIAGNOSED YET AGAIN. Jacqui: It had spread to my ovaries. It had metastasized. So that’s when you’re not at stage 4 because it has gone beyond the point of where it started. The first time around you don’t know what’s going to happen. And you don’t know anything, what chemo is like, what surgery is like. You don’t know anything. So the second time around you do. You know how crappy it is. DESPITE THE DEVASTATING NEWS — JACQUI WASN’T GOING TO GIVE UP. SHE FIGHTS FOR THE PEOPLE SHE LOVES — INCLUDING HER SON WHO WAS JUST GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL. Jacqui: You live for them. You do these things for them. Because there was just no way I wanted him to be without a mom. JACQUI HAS BEEN CANCER FREE FOR 4 YEARS — AND HER GOAL TODAY IS TO FIGHT FOR OTHERS. SHE IS AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE NATIONAL FIGHT COLORECTAL CANCER ORGANIZATION. Jacqui: I want to be able to go out and tell people, if I had listened to my body way early, I wouldn’t have gone through everything I did. HEALTH PROFESSIONALS URGE YOU TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND SEE A DOCTOR. Brooke: The biggest thing with Colon Cancer is it can be cured. But it has to be caught. If you don’t go and get your colonoscopy. If you’re not listening to your doctor, then the odds are you aren’t going to be cured. Fullscreen – MAIN SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: CHANGES IN YOUR BOWEL HABITS — RECTAL BLEEDING — PERSISTENT ABDOMINAL DISCOMFORT — AND UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT LOSS. BROOKE SAYS – CONTRIBUTING FACTORS YOU CAN CONTROL ARE DIET AND EXERCISE. JACQUI IS ON A MISSION TO BRING AWARENESS AND HELP SAVE LIVES…. Jacqui: We can stop this. And that’s what I want to do. FIGHT COLORECTAL CANCER IS DOING A SOCIAL MEDIA FUNDRAISER USING THE HASHTAG STRONG ARM SELFIE. EACH FACEBOOK — INSTAGRAM — TWITTER POST OR SHARE SENDS ONE DOLLAR TO FIGHT COLORECTAL CANCER. VISIT OUR WEBSITE KSNT DOT COM AND FIND THIS STORY UNDER HEALTH CHECK — FOR MORE INFORMATION. BRITTANY MOORE – KSNT NEWS.THE “COLORECTAL

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