October 2006

Amy & Chris’s Colondar Bio

AMY HARGROVE GOLDSBURY | Age at Diagnosis: 29 | Hometown: San Jose, CA

CHRIS DEVASIER | Age at Diagnosis: 27 | Hometown: Conway, AR

Amy Hargrove Goldsbury and Chris DeVasier were both diagnosed with colon cancer in their twenties – but unlike many young people, their cancers were caught quickly.

Amy was distracted by her busy schedule and didn’t notice her weight loss or fatigue. When she saw blood in her stool, her family insisted that she see a doctor. Within two weeks, Amy went from being a full-time working mom to having a colonoscopy and surgery.  She had to leave her job after being diagnosed with stage III colon cancer.

Chris had gotten sick a few times at work and was having abdominal pain, so his boss suggested that he take his annual physical early. When his bloodwork showed anemia, he was referred to a gastroenterologist who gave him a colonoscopy and found a massive tumor in his colon.  Chris was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer.

Amy and Chris both had surgery and chemotherapy, and learned how quickly life can change. As Dean of Students at a high school, Amy was surrounded by students, but she became the one who needed to learn. Chris was a double major in biology and chemistry, and had a lot of friends in the medical field. But even with his background, he needed to research more about colorectal cancer. One thing they both learned is how treatable colorectal cancer is when diagnosed early.