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Early Detection Saves Lives

**The following post is a part of our blog series that we will do each month as a part of our cancer observance mission information.  These courageous cancer survivors are sharing their story…..the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly.  But the great news, thanks to the work of the American Cancer Society, they are with us today and we hope these stories provide inspiration to all who read them. 


I am Theresa Miller from Waller, Texas.  In 2006, I was diagnosed with 3 primary cancers – Stage III Colon cancer, kidney cancer, and thyroid cancer.  My journey consisted of 3 surgeries and 9 chemo treatments.

Just weeks after my diagnosis, I took my 1st Survivor Lap at our local Relay For Life.  At that time, I did not know Relay For Life was a signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.   I have served on the ELT since 2006.  I have also served on our area, region, and National Leadership Teams.

It is my goal to communicate to everyone that EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES.  I lost my sister to colon cancer in 2019 after a short 4-month journey.  Marilyn had been on our ELT since 2006 as well.  When she was 1st diagnosed, she said to me, “you remind us at every meeting to get our screenings, I haven’t had a colon screening in over 10 years.”  I couldn’t believe it.  I strongly believe she would be here today if she had gotten regular screenings.  I miss her every day.

Volunteering for ACS is my passion, but as time allows, I enjoy making cards, walking, crocheting, and other crafting.   My husband and I enjoy traveling and have visited all 50 states, Canada and Mexico.

I will continue to support the mission of the American Cancer Society:  Every Cancer Every Life.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a leading cancer-fighting organization with a vision to end cancer as we know it, for everyone. We are improving the lives of people with cancer and their families as the only organization combating cancer through advocacy, research, and patient support, to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer.

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