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What does a colon cancer patient look like? If someone asked me that question two years ago, I wouldn’t have known what to say. I probably would have said I had no idea what a colon cancer patient looked like. Or, I might’ve said they looked like an elderly person. I knew nothing about colon cancer.

Now I know exactly what a colon cancer patient looks like: me. A 39-year-old, African American male with a wife, an eight-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son. It also looks like my 39-year-old first cousin and lifelong best friend who lost his life to colon cancer in August 2020.