Colon cancer survivor Anita Mitchell discusses being diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer on February 3, 2005. Anita had been having symptoms and went in for a colonoscopy, where they discovered she had colon cancer and needed to make an appointment immediately and have surgery. Her dad had died of colon cancer, making it even more heartbreaking to tell her kids. Anita and her friends who are nurses researched surgeons to find the very best, and she ended up at SCCA where they discovered she had stage IV cancer with lesions on her liver. Although she was terrified that she would not come out of surgery, Anita read a book about hope that told her not to let anyone give her statistics, because they weren?t hers. She had the best oncologist who told her that he had a plan for her, and if that didn?t work he had another plan. His positive attitude gave her a glimmer of hope, which was all she needed.