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Shaye Dunn

Two-time colon cancer survivor, Crohn's Disease patient, author and motivational speaker


"Never be ashamed of your scars. They are the proof you survived the battle." - Shaye

There Is Always Hope In Life

Hi, I'm Shaye Dunn, a two-time colon cancer survivor who also has Crohn’s Disease. Through this website, I hope to inspire other survivors and patients to stay strong and keep a positive disposition in life.


Interested individuals may also purchase the book I wrote about my journey and book me for speaking engagements.

Unlike other inspirational personalities and speakers, I use my sense of humor to bring some color, fun, and positivity into my stories. Contact me today for more information. 

My Story

It all began in April 2004, when I was diagnosed with Stage IIIB colon cancer at 36 years old. After undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, I had a recurrence just 17 months later. The cancer had spread to my left lung. The recurrence, like the first diagnosis, was followed by more surgery and chemotherapy.


Remarkably, my loyal pup at the time, Sophie, was able to detect the cancer in both cases, ahead of any medical testing I had done. I never understood why she was sniffing and whining at my tummy and upper left side, but now I know! Dogs are able to detect a certain scent that cancer cells emit. Who knew?! She was my first PET Scan! 

After surgery and 12 grueling rounds of chemotherapy, I thought I’d beaten cancer for good and was on my way to resuming my normal life. However, a routine PET scan in September 2005 revealed my worst fear. I was referred to a cardiothoracic surgeon because the cancer had metastasized to my left lung. Following lung surgery and another even more grueling 12 rounds of chemo, the cancer was finally gone.


In 2008, I was thrilled to be selected as one of the models for the 2009 Colondar, an award-winning calendar featuring young colon cancer survivors. I was Miss June 2009.


I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in August 2010. It is another bump in the road, but I am more than ready to hang on for the ride!

Mission Statement

My mission is to inspire patients and survivors alike to never lose hope no matter how bad things may seem.

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