Posted on December 9, 2013
Penny Paul is a Community Health Education Specialist for the City-County Health Department in Great Falls, Montana. On any given day, you might find her doing research, developing awareness materials and ideas for her sites to distribute or brainstorming how to make each of her health campaigns bigger and better than the last. She is a constant resource for cancer prevention and wellness information. And lucky for us, nearly four years ago Penny got involved with National Dress in Blue Day. Since then, her local footprint has only continued to grow. Her passion and dedication to saving lives and creating change is invaluable, unstoppable and truly contagious. (The polyp suit says it all, right?) Read more
Posted on November 21, 2013
I thought it was something I’d eaten, or maybe just a lingering stomach bug. I never thought it could happen to me. My wife finally made me visit the emergency room, and that’s where I got the news – stage III colon cancer. I was only 56.
Cancer can take over your life – it sucks up your energy and ravages your health. What doctors don’t tell you is how much cancer takes over your mind. The voice in your head asking “Will I make it?” The lingering doubts. The loneliness. Read more
Posted on November 20, 2013
Every month at the Colon Cancer Alliance, we have a staff-wide meeting to make sure everyone’s up to speed with what’s going on across departments. At these meetings, one staff member is asked to share a “why we do what we do” story.
It can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of our day-to-day jobs, and these stories remind us why we’re sitting where we are. When we’re bogged down with tasks and deadlines, it’s encouraging to pause for a moment and reflect on the mission we’re serving: knocking colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. Read more
Posted on October 31, 2013
I thought I’d had cancer beat after I was diagnosed with lung cancer at 28 and had half a lung removed. The truth is, I had colon cancer symptoms, which I ignored, for 18 months. In hindsight, it was such a stupid thing to do. In fact, my gynecologist found blood during my annual exam and recommended I see a gastroenterologist, but I didn’t.
Posted on October 17, 2013
When my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer 15 years ago, we were left feeling numb, confused and not quite sure what to do. We knew nothing about this cancer and had nowhere to turn for answers or support. Mostly, I was looking for hope that people survive this disease!
That’s why, when I got involved as a founding member of the Colon Cancer Alliance, one of my top priorities was to create programs and resources to help patients through some of the most challenging moments of their lives, especially the newly diagnosed. Read more