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Every patient has a story.

The "I'm Not Average" campaign features fellow Americans whose lives have been impacted by treatments and cures for debilitating, chronic, or rare diseases.

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I'm Not Average: Ed Y.

Condition:
Colon Cancer


Age:
37


Location:
Mantua, NJ


After surviving colon cancer, Ed dedicated his life to educating Americans about the disease and early warning signs. His latest tattoo, the word “Survivor,” is evidence of this passion. Read and share his story of hope.


I'm a tattooed, 6-foot-3, 270-pound colon cancer survivor. Just before I turned 30 in 2008, I started having digestive problems but figured they'd stop. They didn't, and neither did the pain. In fact, it got much worse. As I was driven to the emergency room, I thought of my mother, who had died of stomach cancer at age 59. A little while later, the doctors found the cause of my pain: a three-inch tumor. Since then, I've undergone more than seven months of chemotherapy, six weeks of radiation and ten surgeries. I wear a colostomy bag. I have permanent nerve damage in my feet. And I'm cancer-free, as my latest tattoo - it says "Survivor” - tells anyone who has cancer or knows somebody fighting this awful disease. I’ve since dedicated my life to educating Americans about the warning signs for colon cancer. And while I'm still a big guy, I’m no better than anyone else. I might be beating cancer. But you can, too.

Condition:
Colon Cancer


Age:
37


Location:
Mantua, NJ

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