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Creating Experiences to Last a Lifetime

December 12, 2017
Guest Blog By Sarah DeBord   On the night I was diagnosed, I came home and nursed my baby boy to sleep through uncontrollable tears. As is the case with most babies, he was obsessively in love with me and I with him. My only thought as I stared down at him was if I would live long…

Let’s talk about sex……AND cancer.

November 11, 2017
By Riley Lewis Castro When most people think of sex, the last thing they think about is cancer. That is not the case for me, or the millions of other people in the world that have had the unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on your outlook) ‘honor’ of experiencing this wonderful disease. I…

When Did that Even Happen?

October 10, 2017
By Diana Sloan   When we are fortunate enough to have our parents with us to a ripe old age, we often end up becoming their caretakers. We return the love and care they gave us when we were unable to care for ourselves. We expect and accept that this is the way of things. It may be…

The Talk I Never Wanted to Have

September 9, 2017
By Diana Sloan When you have incurable cancer and children, the talk about death is inevitable. But, man, do you really try to avoid it. Not because we shouldn’t talk about death with our kids, but because it is a specific discussion about your death. And like any parent, you want to protect…

Fighting the Fight: Through a Caretaker's Eyes

August 8, 2017
By Kristina Smith After my husband was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer, had a total colectomy, then being reopened, to allow his abdominal wound to heal from the inside out, body issues were a daily struggle for him. A confident, well-built man in his thirties, he now had an abdominal…

What They Didn’t Tell Me

July 7, 2017
By Kristina Smith   Going into becoming a model for the Colon Club, brought me great honor, as I would be one of the first to represent caregivers, after losing my husband to colon cancer, all too young. Although past models, now friends, had shared that this experience was life…

Most Magical Vacation from Hell

May 5, 2017
After 2 HIPEC surgeries in 2005 & 2006 I had PET scan every 3 months. There was a spot “glowing” on my spleen we watched for over a year. It wasn’t getting bigger but it wasn’t going away. Near the end of 2007 my doctors ordered a biopsy. After the procedure the doctor informed me the mass…

Colon Cancer Ruined My Kidneys But Didn't Ruin Me

March 3, 2017
My first HIPEC surgery Friday on 1/21/2005, lasted 14 hours. I was so close to death my surgeon said I wouldn’t have lived through the weekend without it. During the surgery that saved my life, my right ureter was nicked. That tiny little whole in a tiny little tube would have a catastrophic…

The day cancer took me from anticipation to devastation -- and then we danced

February 2, 2017
Tom Marsilje and his daughters “CT scan of the abdomen shows the patient to have multiple bilateral, too numerous to count, liver lesions consistent with widespread liver metastases.” My jaw dropped as I read the report. My vision blurred. The world before my eyes spun and came to a…

The single life with cancer.

February 2, 2017
. Hindsight- recognition of the realities, possibilities, or requirements of a situation, event, decision etc., after its occurrence. My name is Kenny Toye. November 2012 I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. I am blessed to be cancer free at the time of writing. When the news spread…