I Will Go With You: Patsy’s Mission to Educate Others About Colorectal Cancer Screening

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Colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Despite recommendations for colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 50, nearly 40% of Americans still do not obtain screening.  In this documentary, we tell the story of Patsy an energetic and loving 57-year-old colleague, wife, daughter, mother and grandmother who is determined to motivate others to obtain proper colorectal cancer screening. Patsy began experiencing symptoms in 2011 that were thought to be related to hemorrhoids. As a champion of her own health, she sought a second opinion. Recognizing that Patsy was overdue for colorectal cancer screening, her new primary care physician recommended a colonoscopy. She was diagnosed with colorectal cancer a few weeks later in February of 2012. The road to recovery after radiation, chemotherapy and colon surgery has been difficult but Patsy remained resilient with the support of her loving husband Mike, her mother, children, and colleagues. Now one year cancer-free, Patsy is relentless in sharing her own story and passionate about dispelling myths about colonoscopy. Patsy will not let her friends get away with excuses. She tells them,“I will go with you. I will hold your hand.” – Dr. Lisa Jones

To hear Dr. Jones’ opening remarks about this piece, visit: https://vimeo.com/69009853

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