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Food Safety is a must this Holiday Season

FDA guidelines for avoiding food borne illness include keeping hands and surfaces clean, keeping raw meat and poultry separate from other food, cooking to temperatures that will kill bacteria, chilling leftovers and throwing out food that might be contaminated.

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Caregiver to Research Advocate: Meet RATS Member Kimberly Schoolcraft

28 Years Together…But Not Nearly Enough Andy and I had been together since college. He was very healthy, active, and athletic – think weightlifting, skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, rowing…”armchair athletics.” If you ever needed a favor or had a question (about anything), Andy was the…

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Waiting for Test Results: 5 Tips to Minimize Scanxiety

You can’t skip them – those CT scans, blood tests, and other diagnostic and follow up tests are a part of the colorectal cancer experience. Unfortunately, along with the tests and scans comes the wait time. When standing by for test results, days can feel…

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Fight CRC is Growing!

Help us welcome our new (& returning!) team members and learn about why they’re joining the fight against colorectal cancer. Devin Heid, Technical Analyst  Cancer is something no one wants to go through. It leaves uncertainty and a feeling of “what now?” Fight CRC provides resources…

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Kellie Hoffman: 2nd Year RATS Member

Kellie’s Story My mom was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2005. I am an only child and was my mom’s only caregiver. Her treatment included radiation, chemo, and surgery. In 2009, she had surgery to remove ⅓ of her colon at Duke University…

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The Loss of a Loved One

Highlights: The death of a friend or family member can lead to a variety of emotional responses Grief is an important part of the recovery process Though they may not make the process easier, there are ways to help manage grief, including counseling, creative outlets,…

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RATS Member Karen Wehling

My Story I was diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer in June 2011, four months after the unexpected death of my husband. For at least six months I had been experiencing pain while sitting and rectal pain, and was being treated for hemorrhoids. After finally…

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Lera Chitwood: Research Advocate and Fight CRC Clinical Trial Curator

Retired Research Professional Turned Cancer Research Pro With the background of a competitive intelligence analyst, business research manager, and adjunct professor teaching Internet and business skills to graduates, I have decades of experience searching online for information. My research skills proved valuable when my late…

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Are You Relentless?

What does it mean to be truly relentless? When you think of relentlessness, what comes to mind? I think of: The ambassador who stands behind the Fight CRC table at a local health fair and talks about their very personal experience with colorectal cancer in…

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