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Waiting On My Silver Bullet

Posted on December 30, 2013

At 27 years old, I thought I had it all. I had just started my dream job, was happily married and a proud new father. After visiting my doctor for what I thought were stress-related issues, I received the shock of a lifetime: stage IV colon cancer. 

That was just three years ago.  Read more

I Was 41: Never Give Up!

Posted on December 26, 2013

Here’s how it starts: 

“You need to eat more fiber.”
“It’s hemorrhoids.”
“You just gave birth; give your body some time.” 

For me, it was Celiac Disease before a colonoscopy was ever recommended and done. After six months of horrific abdominal pain, I had a diagnosis. But it wasn’t one I expected: stage IV colon cancer.  Read more

Holidays: 9 Colon Cancer Conversation Starters

Posted on December 23, 2013

The holidays are a time of joy and challenges, often both stemming from one source: family. No one loves you quite like your family, but no one pushes your buttons quite like them either! Why not take advantage of the extra time you’ll be spending with them this holiday season and take the opportunity to raise awareness for colon cancer?

Our Patient Support staff had a little holiday fun and came up with nine ways to subtly (or not so subtly) sneak colon cancer screening and education into your family or work gathering. Caution: results may vary. Read more

Have a (Food) Safe Holiday

Posted on December 20, 2013

If you’re hosting a family dinner, cookie exchange or cocktail party this holiday season, now is the perfect time to brush up on your food safety knowledge. This is especially pertinent if you or someone you love has colon cancer, as cancer and cancer treatment can weaken the immune system and increase risk of infection. So whether you’re hosting an intimate sit-down dinner or a party for 50 of your pals, follow these food safety practices to ensure a happy and safe holiday, brought to you by our friends at Meals to Heal.

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7 Tips for Dealing with Holiday Depression

Posted on December 17, 2013

On the surface, the holidays are a time of joy and celebration. Movies and advertisements tell us we should spend from Thanksgiving to New Year’s in a state of constant gratitude, warmth and happiness. They also tell us we have to buy all the right gifts, cook every meal to perfection, decorate our houses like Martha Stewart and, in the copious free time left after all this effort, make sure each of our friends and family knows just how important they are to us. Read more