A 34-year-old woman from Washington DC went to her doctor with gas and cramps, which she believed was a result of food poisoning. After her symptoms worsened, doctors discovered that she had stage 4 colon cancer.
Diana Zepeda Reported People Magazine She went to the doctor for the first time at the end of 2016 and thought she had a nutritional problem that caused stomach ache. Zepeda's rapidly worsening condition and worsening symptoms led her through several diagnoses before doctors finally found a tumor that blocked her large intestine.
"I thought I could eat anything and have a stomach of steel, I got what I thought was accidental food poisoning, but somehow often, lots of gas, cramps and diarrhea," recounts Zepeda People . "I just thought I had one of those stomach bacilli and it would only take a few days."
"I thought I could fix it with diet, I thought that was my problem, so I cut out cereals and dairy and sugar for a whole month," Zepeda went on. "And I'm like," That's what my body needs and it will go away! "
Zepeda initially said she had diarrhea and found blood in her stool. A gastroenterologist performed tests on her and found out she had E. coli. However, the antibiotics that were prescribed to her were not effective.
"At first I was relieved that everything it was could be cured with five days of antibiotics … I thought it was over … happy to the end, but unfortunately that was not the case," she says. "I was afraid of whatever the actual diagnosis would be."
Zepeda suffered severe stomach cramps and nausea in the weeks leading up to her colonoscopy Therefore, the doctors previously gave her a sigmoidoscopy or partial colonoscopy. The doctors then discovered that the tumor blocked Zepeda's colon and she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.
"After the first shock and disbelief, my first thoughts were," What did I do wrong to get it? Think of colon cancer as an old common disease, "says Zepeda." I thought, 'Was it all the microwave pop tarts I ate at school? Or the whole microwave Lean kitchen? How, what have I done to cause this? The Mayo Clinic says colon cancer is typically found in the last part of the digestive tract.Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, non-cancerous (benign) cell clumps called adenomatous polyps, but over time, some of these polyps may The Colorectal Cancer Alliance says that people younger than 50 years are four times more likely to develop colorectal cancer than they were in 1990.
Zepeda spent the next six months undergoing chemotherapy and several other surgeries, with the cancer affecting her liver Zepeda remembered People felt "completely exhausted."
Zepeda marked her last treatment on Thursday, which she celebrated with her husband Alexander Sweeney by wearing fancy outfits in her hospital room She has yet another surgery, Zepeda said, looking forward to being back in to return to her normal life.
"I really miss traveling and I'm busy with friends," she said People . "I've tried everything and I've had FOMO [fear of missing out] for about nine months and I'm looking forward to getting back to normal as much as possible."