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Someone You Should Know - Kristen Toppin

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -  When Kristen Toppin first went to the doctor with symptoms, her doctor told her she was too young to have colon cancer.

They didn't do a biopsy, they just told her she needed to eat more fiber.

After several months and not feeling better, Toppin went back to the doctor and at just 22-years-old, she was diagnosed with colon cancer.

"I was a little groggy but they told me and I remember just kind of looking away and processing it and then I just said okay what do we do?" Toppin said.

Seven years later, she has found a way to help others in a unique way.

She's featured in the 2015 edition of the "Colondar," to tell her story and raise awareness.

It's a calendar, but this one is known as a "Colondar." 

It features twelve colon cancer survivors and tells their personal stories about their fight against the disease.

"It's preventable, that's the biggest thing. Not all cancers are preventable. This one is preventable," Toppin said.

Finding out she had cancer wasn't the worst news she got from the doctors.

Kristen said finding out she wouldn't ever be able to have children naturally was more difficult to hear than her cancer diagnosis.

"It still hurts, it'll never stop hurting but it's amazing that we were able to have Hadley and my sister-in-law was willing to carry her for us," Toppin said. 

Now, she's thankful for her two-month-old daughter and passing the five-year mark of being cancer-free.

"You just appreciate everything and look at the bright side all the time," Toppin said.

After her experience with colon cancer, she wants people to make sure they're getting a colonoscopy to prevent going through what she did.

"There really aren't many other cancers out there where just a screening can save your life," Toppin said.

"Colondars" are ten-dollars and you can pick one up at Jim Lind Service Station in Waterloo, or you can order one by going to www.colonclub.com.
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