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Age 38 with Stage IV: Nima’s Story

Posted on April 21, 2017

Nima Harris started his 38 With Cancer Facebook page after being diagnosed with stage IV cancer. He sat down with us to share his experience, from chemo, to colostomy, to what helps motivate and keep him going!  Read more

Cancer & Clinical Trials at 34: Laurel’s Story

Posted on April 20, 2017

Laurel Hillerson-Spear has gone through 50+ rounds of chemo after showing symptoms at age 31. She is currently enrolled in a clinical trial several hours from her home in California. Last year, she started an organization help young adults and their families after a cancer diagnosis called Fiona’s Family House and has been a longtime Colon Cancer Alliance Buddy and volunteer. She was gracious enough to take time of out her busy schedule as a mom and advocate to share her experience with clinical trials.

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Clinical Trials & Paying it Forward

Posted on April 20, 2017

Without clinical trials, it would be a safe bet to say I may not have survived stage III rectal cancer 13 years ago. I certainly would be different today.

We often forget every drug and medical device that is available to patients today is thanks to those who were part of the trial that got them approved. The FDA approval process is extremely thorough and rigorous – every drug and device must prove safety, benefit and effectiveness for patients.

Without clinical trials, no drug – no matter how promising in the lab – can become available to the thousands of cancer patients whose lives are literally depending on new treatments. Read more

Undy Run/Walk Stars: Valarie & the Sensational Survivors

Posted on April 13, 2017

What do you get when you cross Destiny’s Child, camouflage leggings and tutus with the Undy Run/Walk plus a passionate six year colon cancer survivor? Valarie Guyton-Culver and her amazing Undy team, the Sensational Survivors! Over the last three years, Valarie and her Sensational Survivor superstars have raised a total of $11,843 – every dollar getting us a step closer to ending colon cancer within our lifetime. Thank you, Valarie!

My name is Valarie Guyton-Culver and I am a 6 year colon cancer survivor. This is my story! Read more

How to Handle the Question, “Will I Die?”

Posted on April 7, 2017

We tend to associate grief with dying. However, there are many levels of loss. Any life changing experience can lead to grief.

My diagnosis with stage III rectal cancer came as a shock. After all, I was only 43 with two young daughters. I wasn’t ready to die. I didn’t know what to do. I had so many questions.

Early on my biggest question was my own mortality. Would I die? (Spoiler alert: No.) Read more