Qualifying For Social Security Disability With Colon Cancer

Approximately 150,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer and rectal cancer every year. For most people diagnosed with cancer, financial strain is a huge concern, and for many, it could lead to financial toxicity.  According to the National Cancer Institute, financial toxicity is “a term…

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Fight CRC and Colon Cancer Coalition Partner to Fund Research

Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) and the Colon Cancer Coalition (CCC) are excited to announce they are partnering to fund an innovative research grant at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Lisa Boardman, along with her team at Mayo, will be expanding a biobank (a type of biorepository…

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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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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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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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