Behind every GI cancer diagnosis there is a story...
This time, the story is mine. Russell Conley, CEO, GI Cancer Institute
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A personal story of GI cancer from our CEO, Russell Conley
GI cancer doesn’t discriminate. I was a happy, healthy 57-year-old with a wonderful partner and a job I loved, doing something I felt mattered.
Last August, I began experiencing severe stomach issues, which was very unusual for me. Eventually, I was in so much pain I couldn’t ignore it anymore. I saw my doctor and went through the testing process. I vividly remember the afternoon I got the news, I felt numb. The shock of discovering I had a GI cancer was amplified when I learned that it had spread. I knew then it was going to be tough, and reality hit me – I was now fighting for my life.
Things are very different for me today. GI cancer can impose terrible costs on the body and ordinary, everyday activities I once managed without a second thought are now fraught with difficulties. As my treatment continues, I know more challenges will come.
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