Phillip Chan was 30 when he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2009, soon after passing the bar exam. In early 2010, he underwent radiation treatment followed by surgery and then chemotherapy at Swedish Medical Center. His treatments ended in November 2010.
Phillip feels that the disease changed his perspective on life and living. “It is amazing”, he says, “What the cancer has done for my life and outlook.” He is more willing to move forward with his life than he had been before the diagnoses, more willing to take chances such as starting a law firm. Nothing, he says, feels that hard to do anymore. He stresses that one must be proactive. What happened to him can happen to anyone. Don’t overlook the early signs of onset, he cautions. Talk to a doctor. And, make sure to have insurance at any age. Phillip believes he could not have fought the disease without the extraordinary support of his fiancée, who reminded him constantly that there would be light at the end of the tunnel.