It was Friday the 13th of June 2014 when these words left my doctor's lips. At 28, this isn't something that I was prepared to hear. At 28, I thought I was immune to these things. As a fitness professional, I never imagined I'd be susceptible to colon cancer. At 28, I never thought that I'd become the face of a cancer awareness campaign -- posing with my colostomy bag no less.
What followed over the course of the next several, post-diagnosis months, was an interesting turn of events. As a self-certified nerd, I researched the oh-so-many intricacies of the disease -- its symptoms, its various stages, its survivors and those not so lucky.