2018 Rose Parade: colon, thyroid cancer survivor: embracing the ‘new me’

Looking at her, you would never guess that Rosemary Estrada is living with a rare genetic condition known as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP).

FAP is genetic disease that predisposes a person to colon and rectal cancer. These cancers occur more commonly in some families because of a genetic mutation that significantly increases the risk.

Because of her condition, she has already endured 14 surgeries. She had her large intestine, appendix and gall bladder removed, battled colon and thyroid cancer, and has a very high chance of developing these cancers again.

Yet, the 35-year-old is cheerful and energetic, and often has her doctors baffled by how positive she is especially while undergoing treatment.