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Survivor Week 2016: You Might Be A Cancer Survivor If…

Posted on June 4, 2016

This post is a part of the weeklong #LiveBrave series in celebration of Survivors Week

Before the days of our online group chats, there was My CCA Support—a place where patients and survivors could gather online to ask questions, share stories and get advice. Our community now gathers in Blue Hope Nation and Colontown, but the legacy of My CCA Support lives on with legendary discussions like this “You Might Be A Cancer Survivor If…” post, started by volunteer John Lloyd.

In honor of Survivor Week, we’ve revived this list as a way to celebrate the things that make being a colon cancer survivor unique and showcase the good, the bad and the ugly in a lighthearted way.

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Survivor Week 2016: Sexuality As A Survivor

Posted on June 2, 2016

This post is a part of the weeklong #LiveBrave series in celebration of Survivors Week

A colon cancer diagnosis can affect many areas of your life—some you may feel more comfortable discussing than others. One often taboo, but important, topic is sexuality, which many survivors identify as an under-addressed area.

You may find yourself trying to wrap your head around multiple sexual issues, such as fertility questions, communicating with your partner and loss of desire after a diagnosis. In fact, sexual dysfunction is one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment. While it can be tough, it’s important to remember you’re not alone.

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Survivor Week 2016: Spirituality & Survivorship

Posted on June 1, 2016

This post is a part of the weeklong #LiveBrave series in celebration of Survivors Week

Colon cancer survivors can find comfort in many things: some take up relaxing hobbies, some join support groups and others dedicate themselves to advocacy issues. However for some survivors, spirituality plays a significant role in their new lives.

Although spirituality can take many forms and mean different things to different people, having a spiritual life can be beneficial no matter the practice. And being spiritual doesn’t always mean being religious.

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Survivor Week 2016: Tackling Finances

Posted on May 31, 2016

This post is a part of the weeklong #LiveBrave series in celebration of Survivor Week.

In addition to the physical and emotional toll a colon cancer diagnosis can have, it can also be a financial burden. In fact, medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States, and we often get calls on our Helpline from patients and survivors with questions and concerns about money.

These concerns are so common that “financial toxicity” is now often explicitly listed as a side effect of cancer care. Financial toxicity refers to the money-related difficulties that can lead people to avoid or delay care, as well as the stress that can lead to mental and physical health problems—potentially as harmful, or more harmful, as chemotherapy itself.

Fortunately, there are many resources, programs and organizations that can provide financial assistance or advice—there’s even some ways you can save while in treatment.

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The Colon Cancer Alliance Co-authors Paper on Hereditary Cancer Risk

Posted on May 19, 2016

Do you know your family’s health history? It’s important to ask your parents, grandparents and siblings whether they’ve had colorectal cancer or polyps during a screening.

When it comes to colorectal cancer, about 1 in 4 patients have a family history of colon cancer that could suggest a genetic and/or hereditary factor.

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