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Clint Cummings and Sparrows Tattoo – Leaving a Mark

On Jan. 30, 2016, tattoo artist Clint Cummings announced to his Instagram followers that he had been diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Clint, who was a participant on the second season of Spike’s Ink Master reality show, offered glimpses of his carefree-yet-courageous battle via…

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Rachel – A Hands-On Approach to Treatment

Rachel Durst-Strecker was unaware about colorectal cancer, all she had heard is that it was “an old person’s” disease. While trying to figure out the source of her digestive issues, Rachel underwent a colonoscopy at 34 years old. She wasn’t worried about it, since colorectal…

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Deborah and Ronnie – In Sickness and in Health

They both were in each other’s lives indirectly, working at the same three hospitals in an 18-year span. Some time after Ronnie got divorced and Deborah’s husband passed away, a mutual friend reintroduced them. The rest, Deborah says, is history. However, when Deborah and Ronnie…

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Erin

Meet the One Million Strong- Erin Verscheure from Michigan

Meet Erin Patient / Survivor Clinton Township, MI Erin’s Story On Aug. 31 2016 at 18 years old, I was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. I had just graduated high school, and was thrown into the real world quickly. My life before cancer included…

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Brian’s Climb For A Cure

by Brian Threlkeld  Each step required two labored breaths. My legs ached and my lungs begged for air, but I couldn’t believe where both had brought me. I had to remind myself to admire my surroundings. The Rocky Mountains stretched to the north and to…

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Two Powerful Voices – The Gibson Sisters

It started out with a quick selfie. Elsa and Carrie Gibson searched online looking for support and information. Their dad was sick with late-stage colorectal cancer. They needed answers. As they sought information, they stumbled across pictures with the hashtag #StrongArmSelfie. They decided to join in….

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Colonoscopy Prep Tips

Prep – it’s one of the most dreaded steps involved in getting screened for colorectal cancer via colonoscopy. There’s a lot of reasons why. The prep drink tastes salty to some. Few enjoy a mad dash to the toilet. Plus, there’s several prep options to do…

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Meet the One Million Strong- Jenna Detko from Minnesota

Meet Jenna Patient / Survivor Little Canada, Minnesota Jenna’s Story I have always been healthy. I had never contracted the flu or common cold, or even the stomach issues that some of my friends complained about. Once I realized my symptoms, it was too late. Nov….

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Meet the One Million Strong- Frankie Melendez from Arkansas

Meet Frankie Patient / Survivor North Little Rock, Arkansas Frankie’s Story From Jul. through Aug. 2015 I experienced four main colon cancer symptoms. At the time I did not know that these were symptoms that I needed to look out for. Those symptoms included severe stomach/abdominal…

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