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Meet Miss November | Paige Hartmann

November 11, 2012
Yes, it's true. This beautiful gal that's featured as Miss November is a survivor of colon cancer... diagnosed at age 21. The Colon Club was thrilled to meet her and have her model for us in the 2012 Colondar. Read on to learn more about Paige! The BASICS Name: Paige Hartmann Diagnosis: Stage III…

Meet Ms. October | Staci Wills

October 10, 2012
Now although she does have striking resemblance to her, October's model is not Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie. It's Staci Wills, a brave rectal cancer survivor from Canfield, OH. Read on to learn more about this funny, charming survivor we're proud to call one of our own at The Colon Club. The…

Meet Mr. September | Adam Benlon

September 9, 2012
Turning the calendar to Mr. September makes us smile anyway, but especially because we get to stare at Adam for the next month. Not only is his story of survivorship inspiring, but his jokes and humor make him extra fun. Enjoy getting to know this latest colon survivor! The BASICS Name: Adam Benlon…

A Jarring Ride Back to Reality

August 8, 2012
I have been blessed as a survivor. All the people I have met through various colorectal cancer groups are survivors, and many are what I call “thrivers.” Colorectal cancer has hit them hard, but they just keep going. The survivors I have met are just that – survivors. Most of my friends through…

Musings on my patient/caregiver relationship

August 8, 2012
by Staci Wills From the day I was diagnosed until the day I rang the closing bell on chemo, I tried my best to avoid hearing the statistics, small percentages, possible side effects associated with my cancer, but I also avoided other colorectal cancer patients.  That sounds harsh, but I didn’t…

Meet Miss August | Melissa Bates

August 8, 2012
Woo hoo! We are so excited to introduce you to this beautiful young woman, Miss August! Not only is she so cuper cute, but she's also got one of the biggest hearts you'll find. Read on to learn a little bit more about Miss August, Melissa Bates. The BASICS about MELISSA BATES Name: Melissa Bates…

Cancerversary - When Is It?

July 7, 2012
by Staci Wills This week marks my three-year cancerversary – I think? Do you celebrate your cancerversary based on the day you were diagnosed or the day you finished chemo? Three years, in relation to my age (35), is a very short time. Three years goes by so quickly. Major life changes happen in…

Meet Mr. July - Tim Maiorca

July 7, 2012
Welcome Mr. July! We're excited to introduce you to this brave stage IV survivor and share his story with you. And you're welcome ladies, we know many of you are aren't going to mind seeing him all month! The BASICS about TIM MAIORCA Name: Tim Maiorca Diagnosis: Stage IV colon cancer on March 20,…

Celebrating Success -- Another Milestone Achieved!

June 6, 2012
by Staci Wills Well, I did it! I have been irrigating my colostomy for several months, and for the most part my bowels are pretty regular. Like I said a few days ago, I have never had the courage to wear only a stoma cap outside the walls of my house, but yesterday I did it, and I plan to do it…

Irrigation: It's Not Just For Crops Anymore!

June 6, 2012
by Staci Wills   This blog won’t always be about ostomies, but since Belle opened the door, here is another spin on life as an ostomate. At 32, I was diagnosed with Stage III rectal cancer. Because of how low in the rectum my tumor was located, I had no other option but to have a colostomy.…