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Death of a Superhero

October 10, 2020
What happens to a superhero when they die? Does their light go out and dim into the darkness of the universe? Does their light transform into a star? Does their fight end? Does the villain who slayed them go into retirement and leave the people of the world alone? What really happens when we lose an…

A Second Birthday

October 10, 2020
Imagine being 24 years old, 17 weeks pregnant, and told that you have stage 4 colon cancer with a percent five-year survival rate. Imagine lying in the hospital bed with a newly placed colostomy bag, as the OB/GYN tells the father of your child and your parents that they could “You need to make…

Cancer, Friends, and Nurses

September 9, 2020
Cancer changes friendships. Before I was diagnosed with cancer, the first time, most of my friends were colleagues. We were all in our twenties, some were married, most of us didn’t have children yet. When I was downsized and diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer within a three week span my life…

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…