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Life and White Roses: Celebrating Twelve Years of Remission

September 9, 2020
When I first googled the symbolic meaning of white roses many years ago, the words on the screen made me love them even more. White roses are not only absolutely breathtaking, they also symbolize so many of the feelings that I’ve embraced since I was diagnosed with cancer: Reverence, Humility, and…

The Loss of Innocence

May 5, 2020
The loss of innocence; I thought I understood it. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, it is something I have seen over and over again. From substance abuse and overdoses, car accidents resulting in the loss of a parent, attachment figures breaking social norms as protectors and becoming…

Grace in Grief

May 5, 2020
Transparent post following and trigger warning for dealing with loss:I confess. I avoid social media from May 8th through Mother’s Day, if not longer. Over the past few years, it has become too much. My mom’s passing is marked TWO days of the year - Mother’s Day and May 8th. It is almost a very…

Clinical Trials and COVID-19

March 3, 2020
As we close out Colorectal Cancer Awareness month amidst the corona virus outbreak, I would like to share my perspective as a current clinical trial patient. The feeling of uncertainty that surrounds the trial process has taken on a new layer with the need for social distancing and the unique…

Dress in Blue Day

March 3, 2020
Anita Isler was the featured survivor for April in the 2007 Colondar. She is a well-known advocate in the colorectal community, continuing to raise awareness and providing support. The Colon Club caught up with her to ask about Dress in Blue Day, a day of awareness for colorectal cancer that Anita…

Advice for Managing the Expenses Associated with Terminal Cancer Care

February 2, 2020
When you or a loved one receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer, everything changes. Time can seem to stand still and just taking things a day at a time can be draining. While everything seems to be in upheaval, finding the means to pay medical expenses can seem like the least of your worries.…

A Caretaker’s Story by Nadya Carlson-Bowen

November 11, 2019
I was born and adopted from St. Petersburg, Russia, along with my twin sister Vera. We grew up as best friends in the orphanage, surprisingly, not knowing we were sisters. We were adopted together at the age 5 and moved to the US. We had a great, loving, and caring friendship. We did everything…

Veteran’s Day By Katie Lee

November 11, 2019
The year is 2003, and it’s March. Bush just declared war in Iraq. My boyfriend was serving in the Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan and had just transferred to his first-choice duty station in Camp Pendleton, California. We got married in April 2003 at the courthouse on Mission Bay in beautiful San…

Becoming a Mom After Surviving Colon Cancer by Danielle Ripley-Burgess

November 11, 2019
My story of becoming a parent after cancer actually starts at age 17. It’s not because I had a teenage pregnancy, but because it’s when I lost my fertility. We were all shocked, how could I be 17 years old and fighting colon cancer? It felt unheard of, especially in 2001 when young adult colorectal…

Make Plans by Diana Sloan

October 10, 2019
Lately I have experienced the loss of some great friends. All from colorectal cancer and way too young. These were all Stage IV patients, and they were all simply amazing in their own ways. One was a wife, stepmother, dog lover, and jet-setting world traveler. One was an educator, cherished…