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Stomach cancer awareness: 1 survivor's story

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Brian and Nicole Rimza are a young, active couple and the parents of two children, but their lives stopped in their tracks when Nicole was diagnosed with stomach cancer this year.

"It took days, weeks..I don't even know that I'm still..I don't know if I still comprehend it all..I was diagnosed March 20th," said Nicole.

As with most cancer patients, Nicole was in for the fight of her life.  She underwent aggressive chemotherapy almost immediately -- losing her hair was a big change.

"I've been able to grow it back with these last few regimens, which is kind of nice," she said.  "It makes me feel a little bit more like a girl again which is a good thing."

But she also lost her stomach.  It had to be removed as part of the process.

"A huge change..didn't know what to eat, didn't know what I can and can't eat to get down."

"I'm almost to where I can eat just about anything, except I don't have any dairy..cut out sugar," she explained.

Nicole realized after her diagnosis that stomach cancer research doesn't receive nearly enough attention or funding, so she helped organize a walk on November 3rd.

She wants that blue ribbon to stand out and stand for something important.

When somebody wears a pink ribbon, there's no question it's to benefit breast cancer research, but not so much with periwinkle.  that shade of blue is actually the color of stomach cancer awareness.  The disease kills more people than almost any other cancer, so the folks behind this movement hope the periwinkle gets as much push as its pink counterparts.

"I would hope that someday, that we can donate for all cancers instead of just one.  I think that would be great.  It doesn't have to be just one cancer, I think there should be a rainbow ribbon that stands for all the cancers," said Nicole.

With her husband Brian by her side and her kids' love to lift her spirits, Nicole says she will survive and she hopes to lead a normal life.  One motivated by her desire to educate others and beat this devastating disease.

"The biggest thing that has helped me get through all of this has been people, friends, family..I mean being able to talk to people who have been through it, it's telling my story and getting it out there and just hoping I can save one life," she said.

No Stomach for Cancer
(608) 335-0241
info@nostomachforcancer.org
www.nostomachforcancer.org

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