Patient Testimony: Candice Truitt | Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Candice Truitt’s story is one of resilience, early detection, and the crucial role of proactive healthcare. At 51 years old, Candice found herself facing a diagnosis that no one wants to hear: colon cancer. However, her journey is not defined solely by the diagnosis, but by the timely intervention and comprehensive care that ultimately saved her life.

In March of 2022, Candice went for her routine annual visit to her gynecologist. Little did she know, this visit would set in motion a series of events that would change her life. Her gynecologist, recognizing the shifting recommendations for colonoscopies, suggested that Candice undergo one, as guidelines were now suggesting screenings begin at age 45.

Without hesitation, Candice agreed, demonstrating the importance of heeding medical advice and being proactive about one’s health. The colonoscopy was scheduled, and despite the inconvenience of having to undergo the prep on Easter Sunday, Candice followed through stating she thought it might be one of the worst days of the year to prep for the procedure.

After receiving the results of her colonoscopy, and her world shifted. The surgeon had found something concerning. It was her gynecologist’s recommendation that likely saved her life. This highlights the interconnectedness of healthcare providers and the importance of comprehensive care.

Subsequent appointments confirmed Candice’s worst fears: she had stage three colon cancer. However, instead of succumbing to despair, Candice faced her diagnosis head-on. She underwent surgery in June, spending five days in the hospital surrounded by compassionate nurses and attentive doctors.

Following surgery, Candice embarked on a rigorous treatment regimen, including chemotherapy starting in August of 2022. Enduring months of treatment, she persevered with strength and determination. Regular CT scans monitored her progress, revealing a positive trajectory despite the challenges.

Candice’s journey serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of early detection and proactive healthcare. Her story underscores the significance of routine screenings, even when one feels healthy and asymptomatic. Without the proactive recommendation of her gynecologist, Candice’s diagnosis may have come too late.

Today, Candice stands as a beacon of hope and resilience. Her message is clear: get your colonoscopy. By prioritizing preventive care and listening to medical recommendations, lives can be saved. Candice’s journey is a testament to the power of early detection, comprehensive treatment, and unwavering determination in the face of adversity.

Hear her testimony in her own words here in this video. And request a colorectal cancer screening kit during the month of March here.