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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

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Cancer – Don’t Think Too Hard About It

by Danielle Burgess, two-time colorectal cancer survivor and Fight CRC’s Communications Director I recently received surprising advice from a counselor. I explained that losing friends to colorectal cancer doesn’t only sadden me – it scares me. Especially as someone with Lynch Syndrome. I can go from mourning the sudden loss of a friend, to feeling a strange pain in my side, to worrying that the pain was more than just gas, to assuming that if it hasn’t already – the cancer will come back, to sorting out how I’m going to tell my family that I’ve been diagnosed again… all in about two minutes. I think this is pretty common among

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Future Planning for the Cancer Survivor

by Josh Wimberly, Ph.D., LGSW, MSW and rectal cancer survivor Hearing that you have cancer is life changing. There is absolutely no doubt. There exists a struggle to navigate this new piece of identity with which you have been anointed. Elephants Fighting to be Unnoticed in the Room Some of us hide the anxiety better than others brought by all the new hats we have to wear. Even though there are many elephants fighting to be unnoticed in the room, the largest is probably mortality itself. Whether we become the projection of life’s limits to our friends and family, or we are working through our own epiphanies about our vulnerability and

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