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Melissa Marshall, the founder of The No You Cant'cer Foundation, was inspired to start this journey of education and inspiration after her own battle with colorectal cancer.
Melissa was first diagnosed in September of 2013 while prepping for a hip replacement surgery. A life-long dancer and singer, Melissa assumed the rectal bleeding, fatigue, and weight gain were all a result of thousands of high-energy performances. After months of escalating symptoms, she spoke with a colorectal surgeon who immediately paused the hip replacement surgery and sent Melissa for a battering of medical tests to determine what was causing all of these irregularities. After a colonoscopy, a tumor the size of a golf ball was found very low near her sphincter. It was cancerous.
After being diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer, Melissa began the arduous wait to see a colorectal specialist that could offer her the care she needed to survive. Melissa ended up receiving a colostomy bag in November of 2013, that later became a permanent fixture in December of 2017. As she began chemotherapy and radiation, Melissa found her body ravaged by their effects. She was frightened that due to the ostomy bag, and the months of chemotherapy, she would never again resume her singing career.
However, Melissa beat cancer on July 17th, 2014, regained her strength, and began preforming once again to rave reviews. From her victory over colorectal cancer, she was inspired to design her signature butterfly necklace and to record No You Cant'cer. From that liberating piece of music and the delicate jewelry, The No You Cant'cer Foundation was born. Along with the second chance at life, Melissa found a way to give back by using her voice to send out a message of hope.
The focus of this foundation is to not only inspire through song, but to educate through action. Colorectal cancer is not given the same visibility as other cancers, due to its location, which makes many people uncomfortable to discuss. And the many myths surrounding the ostomy bag shrouds the necessary medical appliance in shame. This is why the It's in the Bag publications have come into effect. They answer the frequently asked questions, dispel ostomy bag myths, and get readers in touch with some of the best resources available both locally and nationally.
At the annual AONN+ conference, Melissa’s contributions to the world of ostomy and colorectal education were acknowledged as Conquer Magazine named her the 2017 Hero of Hope. This has opened new doors and she was even able to attend the 2017 OstoMy Family conference in Oklahoma, hosted by Ostomy 2-1-1, where she was able to receive her Ostomy Visitor Certification. She is now able to attend to the emotional and practical needs of a new ostomate in the process of preoperative, postoperative, and home care. Most recently, Melissa was named the National Conference Social Director of the UOAA.
With your help we can raise the quality of life of ostomates, uplift and educate thousands about colorectal cancer and ostomy bags, and give everyone the power to say, No You Cant’cer.