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Lifelong Twins Fan Eric Powell’s First Pitch… for Prevention

by Eric Powell, advocate with Fight Colorectal Cancer When I arrived in D.C. for Call-on Congress in March, other advocates started telling me about a TWINS event taking place in July with Fight Colorectal Cancer. My ears perked up when I heard “Twins” and immediately I said “Sign me up!” I’m a HUGE fan. Growing up with the Twins Long before I had cancer I was a sports fan and I loved going to baseball games with my dad or with other family and friends. I remember going to my first Twins game when they played at Metropolitan Stadium which is now the Mall of America site. In the early 80′s,

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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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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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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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Never too Late To Join One Million Strong – Danielle’s Thoughts

I tend to run fashionably late. Meetings, appointments, even conference calls – I struggle to arrive or call-in right on time. This floods into emotional things too – it takes awhile for reality to “sink in” for me. For me to process a moving and emotional experience, and understand what it meant for my life. So – it’s fitting that almost two weeks after our NYC kickoff of One Million Strong – I’m just now able to put to words what the experience meant to me. Or at least try to. I’m still pinching myself that I get to work with the amazing staff and advocates at Fight Colorectal Cancer and

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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

January 2014 Webinar – After The Shock: A CRC Diagnosis

Have you or someone you love recently been diagnosed with stage III or stage IV colorectal cancer? Feeling overwhelmed? Learn where to go from here. We’ll talk about every leg of the journey from understanding your diagnosis to tips on building your treatment team. Join us and Dr. Edward Crane to better understand your options for treatment and know that you are not alone in your diagnosis. View/download the slides from the Jan. 22 webinar: Read the TweetUp recap on Storify. 

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We Still Do – Eric & Rose

Meet Eric & Rose Hausmann, one of the most amazing couples you’ll meet. These engaged activists chair our Grassroots Action Committee (GAC) and have signed up to renew their vows at our One Million Strong kickoff on March 3, 2014 in New York City. Here is their love story and why they’re saying “We Still Do.”   [Eric] We grew up together. Her brother was my best friend and my sister was her best friend. Our parents became good friends when I was about 4-years-old. We were together a lot, like one big family. And when I say big, I mean really big. She has ten brothers and sisters. We

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