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Kellie Davis
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Kellie Davis

Please help me support the Colon Cancer Coalition by making a contribution to My Downstairs Mix Up and sharing this page with your family and friends. Every dollar we raise will advance Colon Cancer Coalition's great cause!

This is an important cause that is close to my heart because I am a colorectal cancer survivor. Here is my story:

In January 2017 while visiting San Antonio for work, I received a call from my doctor with the news that I had colorectal cancer. It was not easy for me to get the referral for the colonoscopy that saved my life because I was so young, but I listened to my body and continued to advocate for myself. By the time I was diagnosed, the cancer had spread through the lining of my rectum and colon and in to more than 20 lymph nodes. I was only 36 years old and I had stage 3 colorectal cancer.

Over the course of the next year I underwent chemo, radiation, multiple surgeries, a temporary ileostomy, and more chemo. I was fortunate we caught the cancer when we did, because colorectal cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer when caught early. The average 5 year survival rate when caught in stage 3 is 72% as opposed to 14% once it has metastasized to stage 4. I went through a pretty sh*tty year (both literally and figuratively) but by the end of it I was cancer free and have remained that way for 6 years!

Colorectal cancer diagnoses have risen significantly in people under the age of 50. It is important to listen to your bodies and be proactive about talking to your doctor and asking for a colonoscopy if you have concerns. Since my diagnosis 6 years ago I have had multiple friends and family members reach out to share that they went for colonoscopies after my diagnosis. Some had pre-cancerous polyps removed and two, who were my age, discovered they also had colorectal cancer.

If you’ve made it this far, I’d like to thank you for reading my story. I hope you will consider joining team My Downstairs Mix Up for the 5k in May, or donating to this worthy cause.


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