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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…

Meet Our Board Member: Meggan Mikal

September 9, 2019
My name is Meggan Mikal and I am pediatric palliative care nurse practitioner. I journey with patients and their families through the toughest of diagnoses, including disease-related pain and symptoms. I sit with them as they receive good and bad news, including conversations leading up to the last…

Colon Club Board Member Profile: Ashley Flynn

July 7, 2019
Hi everyone! Take a seat, sit back, and prepare to be shocked as I tell you a little bit about myself and this evil thing called colorectal cancer. I believe that colon cancer entered my life in 2008 when I was 21 years old. It was during this time, that I was having small amounts of…

Routine Disruption

June 6, 2019
By Diana Sloan Today I am sitting in The Gazebo at MD Anderson Cancer Center waiting to meet my new oncologist. My previous oncologist has moved to a new opportunity, so I have been reassigned. This has been a little stressful because it is a disruption in my stage IV routine. Yes, I actually…

Colon Club Board Member Profile: Rob Vite

May 5, 2019
My name is Rob Vite. I am 37 years old. I am a five year colon cancer survivor, and this is my story: I grew up playing sports, but I lived for football. It was my passion, release, fight and glory. As an athlete, football taught me how to connect with my body. When I started experiencing…

“It’s Okay to Not Be Okay in March” by Diana Sloan

April 4, 2019
As many of you know, March was Colorectal Cancer awareness month. For long-term survivors or patients like me it is a blessing and extremely hard at the same time. Don’t get me wrong. I loved seeing all the blue love out there. I also loved seeing people spreading the word about screening,…

Moving Forward

March 3, 2019
By Leighann Sturgin After several tests and biopsies over the last four weeks, I’ve unfortunately been diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer. For those who understand these things it’s T3N2. After having my colon removed in 2004, I only had about 8” of rectum left. I should’ve had what my…

2019 On The Rise

February 2, 2019