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What Doesn’t Kill You – A Story From Call-on Congress

What Doesn’t Kill You – A Story From Call-on Congress

by Bunny Terry They say (the pundits, singers and entertainers) that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I’m pretty sure they were referring to cancer and its survivors. Songs with that phrase have been used as background music for several videos of cancer patients getting stronger in the face of this ever-present and devastating disease. The phrase definitely hits home for me. My Story I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in November 2012. After my diagnosis, I contacted every person I knew who believed in prayer. I asked for everyone’s best thoughts. I did everything my oncologist recommended and then when he suggested a visit to MD Anderson

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Remembering Tonya

I remember the first time I saw Tonya. I immediately knew I liked her. Reading over her application to be a Colondar model, I had no doubt she embodied a survivor everyone would look up to. Pictures didn’t do her justice. Yes, her beauty hopped off the page. But it was her strong spirit and insistence on being positive that could only come across in person. It was at her 2014 Colondar photo shoot that I didn’t only realize she made an incredible model – I realized she was also an ideal advocate. “We have got to DO SOMETHING about this!” she kept saying. “I tell people that you become

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Happy: Recap of Day 3 of 2014 Call-on Congress

It may sound strange that the #1 song on Billboard’s Top 100 this week, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, became the go-to song on our playlist this week at Call-on Congress. But there’s no other way to put it. Crazy, I know. Last night a room full of people who’ve faced the “c” word, some of us multiple times, danced in a conga line to the song – a repeat of what happened a few nights prior. A crowd made up of people who represent loved ones that passed away or caregivers of those physically unable to make the trip celebrated in unison. The reasons to be unhappy were many, yet

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Promoting Your State Proclamation

We told the story about Pam securing her first state proclamation in West Virginia in her first blog. Now read more as she talks about how to promote the fact your state has become a Blue Star State!  By Advocate Pam Seijo, West Virginia With each additional year of survivorship, the excitement of the ask and securing a state proclamation for recognition of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month has doubled in importance to me. I’ve learned to not hold back. I continue to fight so that one day, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month will become a national observance. I want to let my entire state know we recognize this month

Mom Was Strong

Last week, National Siblings Day took the Facebook feeds by storm! And in the spirit of celebrating sibling love, I wanted you to meet two sisters who came to the 2013 Call-on Congress. They are precious women who used the advocacy event to honor and remember their mom. Here is their story. Maybe I came too soon… You might remember the woman I referenced in the Monday recap from the Call-on Congress. As I floated around the room I met one woman whose tears prevented her from sharing her story. A day or so later, I sat down with her and her sister to learn about what brought them to

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