Meet RATS Member Kimberly Bush-Klinefelter

My husband Terry was diagnosed when my son Aidan was 11 months old and my son Aaron was nine years old. It was quite the challenging time as a caregiver, working full time and being a mom. Unfortunately Terry passed away 3 years later, and…

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Beating the Odds: Stage IV Survivor Stacy Hurt

On my 44th birthday, I was diagnosed with rectal cancer with metastasis to my liver, lungs, and lymph nodes (27 tumors total) a week after a colonoscopy revealed 11cm tumor in my rectum.  My treatment was no easy feat and included 55 rounds of chemotherapy…

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The Day the Music Stopped

I’m Yasmeem Watson, a Fight CRC research advocate. I’m a lover of music and listen to it often. But the day I heard, “Ms. Watson, you have cancer,” the music stopped. I heard those words in May 2013. I was devastated, to say the least, and…

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Lee Jones: Stage IV Survivor and Research Advocate

In March 2004 I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.  My treatment was intense and included chemotherapy before and after a colon resection surgery. I had no evidence of disease (NED) for one year, and then received more chemotherapy as well as a liver…

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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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3x Cancer Survivor Turned Research Advocate

Wenora Johnson is a stage III colon cancer survivor, advocate, and member of Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Research Advocacy Training and Support (RATS) program. She resides in Joliet, Illinois. First Him, Now Me I never knew it would happen to me. I knew the trials and…

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Perspectiva de una Hija: La Experiencia de ser Cuidadora

Llamamos cuidadores a las personas que cuidan a los seres queridos que han sido diagnosticados con cáncer. Esposos/as, parejas, hijos/as, amigos y familiares cercanos pueden tomar parte en el rol de cuidador. Este tipo de cuidadores no reciben salario; lo hacen por amor.  Los cuidadores…

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