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Meet the One Million Strong – Wanda C from Washington

Meet the One Million Strong – Wanda C from Washington

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET WANDA Wanda Charles, Survivor Vancouver, WA WANDA’S STORY I had been having symptoms for 7-8 years, but we had no insurance. It finally got so bad I went to the women’s clinic. The doctor took blood and called the next day. He said something was wrong and that there was some internal bleeding. He set up an appointment for me to see a gastroenterologist. I was scheduled for a colonoscopy and heard “you have cancer” as soon as I got back into the room….in front of my husband and

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Meet the One Million Strong – Kimberly B from Florida

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET KIMBERLY Kimberly Bishop, Survivor Osteen, FL KIMBERLY’S STORY I was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer in February 2007, at age 34.  I was young, fit, and perfectly healthy in every other way.  I share the same story that is typical of so many young CRC survivors; I was told I had hemorrhoids and IBS and was denied screening for over three years.  My doctor finally decided I need to be scoped and my first colonoscopy revealed a 13cm. sessile villous adenoma at my recto-sigmoid juncture. After colon resection

Greys Anatomy Farting Episode – It’s True!

Recently, the colorectal cancer community received a ‘nod’ from the widely popular ABC show Grey’s Anatomy. In the episode a young woman who’d survived cancer struggled to control her flatulence and bowel movements – many recaps over the past few weeks have even referred to her as “The Farter.” It’s raised many questions within the community – namely, is this true? Do you pass gas a lot more once you’ve had colorectal surgery? To firm this up, we asked Dr. James Waller, a colorectal surgeon from Evansville, Indiana to talk to us about farting. Dr. Waller provides young adult survivors at The Colon Club with answers to some of these obscure questions on a

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Summer Book Club – My Cancer Year

Need a good summer read? Join Fight Colorectal Cancer this summer for a LIVE ONLINE BOOK CLUB. It works just like any other book club, except instead of meeting as a small group, we’ll log online together to discuss the book. Plus, at the end of the summer, you’ll get the chance to see the author through a live-stream event! Join us this summer & connect with others in the fight! ABOUT THE BOOK My Cancer Year by Curtis Pesmen After too many days of chemo/poison pumping thru my veins, my body sends its 1st signal of being pi*#ed off at the assault… (pg 15) Once you’ve been hit by

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Meet the One Million Strong – Linda Kroll from Illinois

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET LINDA Linda Kroll, Survivor Chicago, Illinois LINDA’S STORY My ulcerative colitis had been in remission for years, and I was lulled into a false sense of security. When my (belated) routine colonoscopy found an aggressive tumor in my cecum, 12 inches of my ascending colon were removed two weeks ago, along with all of the cancer. I am blessed and grateful beyond words. I want to pay forward my second chance on life and encourage everyone to book your colonoscopy TODAY!It’s a painless exam that will save your life!

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MEET THE ONE MILLION STRONG – RACHEL M FROM FLORIDA

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET RACHEL Rachel McCarrell, survivor Lutz, Florida RACHEL’S STORY I was anemic for a while,always pale,tired, I just thought it was my heavy menstrual cycles. My GYN also confirmed that it was my cycles. I had received a blood transfusion and was getting iron infusions. Eventually I had a CAT Scan that showed a mass in my cecum. I had a colonoscopy which revealed a large mass and had surgery the next day. Pathology showed Stage IIIB Cancer with 4/25 positive lymph nodes. Chemo for 6 months. Cancer free now.  I

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Meet the One Million Strong – Eileen A. from California

MEET EILEEN Eileen Algaze, Survivor Monarch Beach, CA EILEEN’S STORY The Irony of Cancer -I am 67 years old and have survived colon cancer four times:  stage 0 in 2001, stage 4 metastasized to the liver in 2008, further metastasized to lymph node on liver in 2012 and now in a cluster of six nodes in the abdomen. After major surgeries with complications, grueling chemotherapy, loss of my hair, my body parts and my marriage, I’m still here. My mother died of breast cancer when I was 10 and my brother Kenneth was eight. I knew Ken was afraid to lose me to the same enemy.  My brother was born

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Meet the One Million Strong – Chris Heffelbower

Publicly Sharing My Battle, by Chris Heffelbower Being diagnosed with colon cancer is a lonely and isolating experience…until you find other awesome and fabulous survivors. My first reaction when I learned that I had colon cancer was: “a 37 year-old doesn’t get colon cancer.”  I felt embarrassed that I had a cancer involving my bowels.  There was a brief time when I considered not telling anyone that I had colon cancer or keeping it as private as possible. Instead, I decided to publicly share my battle.  I maintained a Caringbridge site and shared my story with family, friends and neighbors.  It was silly to think that I could keep my

Meet the One Million Strong – Andrea Kramer from New York

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET ANDREA Andrea Kramer, Survivor From Rye, NY ANDREA’S STORY I was diagnosed with stage IIIc colorectal cancer in 2007. Later in 2009, my friend, Helene Byrnes and I started raising money for Fight Colorectal Cancer’s research program, the Lisa Fund. Most people focus on awareness and prevention issues, I wholeheartedly spend my time and money on those great goals as well, however, I am passionate about supporting research for a cure. This is an area where far fewer people are focusing, maybe because it is the harder battle? Either

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2014 Award Winners

Each March at Call-on Congress, Fight Colorectal Cancer recognizes individuals who exemplify what our organization is all about. These people are not only advocates – they’re champions. Each of them offers their experience and passion to further the cause. This year’s 2014 Award Winners set the bar high. Advocate of the Year – Gordon Cole A survivor of stage IV colorectal cancer since 2003, Gordon Cole is an inspiration. As a hands-on patient, he’s actively monitored his own treatment (which consists of multiple surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy and several clinical trials.) As an advocate, he’s pushed for better policy and research funding. His constant voice has helped us raise colorectal cancer

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