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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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Meet the One Million Strong – Marcia M from West Virginia

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET MARCIA Marcia Mullins, Survivor Huntington, WV MARCIA’S STORY Despite Katie Couric’s warning, when I turned 50 I declined to have a colonoscopy, I didn’t think I was at risk. When I had symptoms at 57, I used hemorrhoid cream and tried to ignore them. Right after my 58th birthday, I had a rectal hemorrhage and was admitted to the hospital for a colonoscopy the next morning. It was not hemorrhoids. It was stage IIIc rectal cancer. After lots of chemo, radiation and surgery, I am now in remission. I could have avoided it

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Meet the One Million Strong – Patricia Christman from Arizona

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET PATRICIA Patricia Christman, Survivor From Glendale, AZ PATRICIA’S STORY In April 2012 I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  I had surgery on May 7th, 2012 and found that it was in my lymph nodes so I started my journey with chemo and radiation eight weeks later.  I have wonderful doctors and the treatment teams were loving and caring…a real family.  I am also blessed with the most wonderful family who were with me every step of the way.  I am very happy to say my last PET Scan has

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Meet the One Million Strong – Lindsey Motley from South Carolina

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET LINDSEY Lindsey Motley, Survivor Greenville, SC LINDSEY’S STORY In April 2013, I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer at 26 years old, while also 17 weeks pregnant with our first child, a girl! I was having bleeding issues from constipation due to prenatal vitamins and pregnancy, which were investigated by colonoscopy. I had a colon resection one week after my diagnosis. I began chemotherapy bi weekly (FOLFOX and 5FU) at 24 weeks pregnant, and completed 12 rounds. Our daughter, Lilla, was born at 37 weeks between rounds 7

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Meet the One Million Strong – Edith B. from Connecticut

MEET EDITH Edith Bruce, Survivor From Meriden, CT EDITH’S STORY I am a 38-year-old hispanic female with a family history of colon cancer.  In May 2013, I was diagnosed with colon cancer.  In the weeks that followed I went through extensive tests and finally had surgery to remove it.  It was stage I cancer. I am very fortunate to be alive and cancer free.  My surgeon told me that I wouldn’t have made it past 40 years old.  My husband was amazing through this all. My boys ages 4 & 10 are my everything–can’t imagine them without their  mommy. EDITH’S ADVICE Take one day at a time.  Think positive every

Meet the One Million Strong – Deborah Anders from Texas

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET DEBORAH Deborah Anders, Survivor From Austin, TX DEBORAH’S STORY I am a stage IV colorectal cancer survivor going on 6 years this May. I have been through fours kinds of chemotherapy and  seven surgeries.  I lost my dad 31 years ago and  my mother four months before me to lung and brain cancer. I have four grown kids that need to learn more about colorectal cancer and being tested. DEBORAH’S ADVICE Surround yourself with positive, loving support groups and educate yourself. This is not an old persons disease. WHAT

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Meet the One Million Strong – Gordon C. from North Carolina

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET GORDON Gordon Cole, Survivor Greensboro, NC GORDON’S STORY Following his diagnosis of stage IV colorectal cancer in August 2003, Gordon has received radiation treatment, almost constant chemotherapy, a colon resection, two liver resections, RFA, a clinical trial (at Duke), two lung resections, and continuing maintenance chemo, along with a prostate cancer diagnosis in late ’06. He has participated in a clinical trial, and is still in treatment following a recurrence and side effects from radiation damage requiring surgeries, using his research knowledge to monitor his own treatment. He has

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Meet the One Million Strong – Brian Greenlaw from Rhode Island

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET BRIAN Brian Greenlaw, Survivor Warwick RI BRIAN’S STORY I was diagnosed April 1, 2013 at age 43 with stage IV colorectal cancer which spread to both sides of my liver. I have had 14 rounds of chemo, 30 radiation treatments and two liver resection surgeries. I am now cancer free currently and feeling well!! My advice is believe in God, your medical team, and always be positive. Live your life as you did prior to your diagnosis, get back to your routine, work, exercise etc… Also have a spiritual

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Meet the One Million Strong – Diana Welch from Maryland

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET DIANA Diana Welch, Survivor Huntingtown, MD DIANA’S STORY After several months of severe upper abdominal pain and learning to be my own advocate, I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in March 2012.   This was followed by a diagnosis of Celiac Disease just two months prior.  After meeting with a nutritionist and changing to a gluten free diet, my symptoms persisted and worsened  and I continued to seek out a doctor that would be able to further  diagnose my symptoms.  A colonoscopy was the definitive test that

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Meet the One Million Strong – Gina Toye from Florida

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET GINA Gina Toye, Family Spring Hill, FL GINA’S STORY My daughter Amber was diagnosed last January at the age of 22 years-old with colorectal cancer. She was in her last semester at FSU and was experiencing bleeding and feeling tired. Thank God her now doctor fit her in for  a colonoscopy during her Christmas break. On January 3, they found 50 polyps and removed 12, some the size of golf balls with one coming back cancerous. On January 22, Amber underwent surgery to remove her entire colon – thankfully the

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