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Meet the One Million Strong – Chris Heffelbower

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 – Patsy P from Kansas

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET PATSY Patsy Huggins Petzold, Survivor From Overland Park, KS PATSY’S STORY On the morning of Monday, February 26, 2013, life as I knew it changed forever. Following a colonoscopy to explore what doctors believed to be colitis, I heard the words “concern,” “cancer,” “colon” and “obstructed” used in conjunction with my name. It was a shock, to say the least! I never had symptoms prior to entering the hospital. No stomach pains, fairly regular stools, no blood. I am the mother of three beautiful children, ages 9, 7, and