Allison Rosen shares what life is really like as a colon cancer survivor. (Photo courtesy of Allison Rosen)More
Allison Rosen, 39, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012, at the age of 32. Here, she opens up to Yahoo Lifestyle about what it’s like to live with an ostomy bag — a small, waterproof pouch that’s used by some colon cancer survivors to remove waste after surgery.
I was diagnosed with stage two colon cancer when I was 32. Since I have Crohn’s disease — a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that raises risk of colon cancer — I had been having regular colonoscopies. But in 2012, I started having strange symptoms: I was diagnosed with anemia, was losing weight, and generally felt fatigued and tired. I