February 28, 2011

Vanessa Fulton | Colon Cancer Survivor

Vanessa Fulton

“When you’re going through cancer, have to keep the faith, trust and believe. It’s going to be hard, but you will find a peace of mind.

I was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2008 and had surgery at UAMS with Dr. Laryea. Then, in the fall of 2010, I started having stomach pains. I went to the ER first and then to see Dr. Laryea. He scheduled a biopsy that confirmed that my cancer had returned.

I had chemo, and now I can come back every two months for checkups.

Since I work at UAMS in the Myeloma Clinic, my experience with cancer has really made me look at things differently. I want to always give the patients the same care and attention that I received. I tell them that I understand what they’re going through, because I’ve been there myself. It makes me love my job and the patients even more.

When you’re going through cancer treatment, it’s important to surround yourself with warm and loving people. Attitude plays a huge part in your recovery. Just one bad day can drag you down. You’ve just got to keep the faith and have positive thoughts.”

Vanessa Fulton
Colon cancer survivor
Jacksonville, Arkansas