Screened with Cologuard: Colorectal cancer survivor
There is nothing more precious to Greta than her family and her faith. And during tough times, she looks to her family for strength.
For more than 20 years, Greta worked nights – giving her more time during the day with her four children. Once she retired, she was looking forward to spending even more time with her five grandchildren.
Shortly after Greta retired in 2018, her healthcare provider reminded her of the importance of screening for colorectal cancer. Though Greta stayed up to date with check-ups, she admitted she had never been screened and was overdue.
Her healthcare provider suggested Cologuard as an appropriate option. Greta was at average risk and agreed to screen with Cologuard.
“I thought it was easy,” she said.
About two weeks after receiving her kit at home and returning it to the lab, her healthcare provider shared the result, which was positive. Greta quickly followed up with a diagnostic colonoscopy and surgery, which revealed stage III colorectal cancer. After additional tests and scans, Greta was told she needed chemotherapy.
“It was a rough road,” she said. “I had a battle on my hands from the time I had surgery until I finished chemotherapy.”
Though her family was devastated, they all came together to help. Her husband, Jack, balanced work and took care of the home while her daughter drove to her treatments.
“By the time I started to feel good, it was time to have another treatment,” she said.
Chemotherapy was more than a physical challenge for Greta – she felt the emotional burden of missing things she loved, especially keeping up with her grandchildren. During treatment, Greta found strength in her faith.
“I would lay in bed and I would pray,” she said.