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5: You’re Never Too Young for Colon Cancer, with Dawn Eicher

Dawn Eicher

Dawn Eicher

For years, Dawn Eicher was told by doctors, despite obvious symptoms,  that she was too young to have colon cancer. While pregnant with her 2nd child, her symptoms worsened. Her doctors told her it was pregnancy related, gave her suppositories, and sent her home. It took 10 more months before she would finally receive a colonoscopy at which time she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer with metastases to her liver. Dawn was only 36 years old.

Faced with a very difficult treatment plan including multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and a temporary ileostomy, Dawn forged ahead. It has been close to a year since she completed her treatment and Dawn is NED – No Evidence of Disease. She is now fighting hard to let people know “You’re Never Too Young” for colon cancer. She has started a petition through Change.org to force insurance companies to make colon cancer screening more accessible to younger people.

What I Learned From Dawn Eicher

  • Be your own advocate!

    • Nobody knows your body better than you do. If something isn’t right, tell your doctor. If your doctor won’t listen, find one who will.

  • One person can affect change.

    • In less than 90 days, Dawn  was able to get over 70,000 signatures on her petition she’s sending to congress.

  • Attitude is everything!

    • Many people would be angry and bitter after experiencing what Dawn went through. She chooses to be positive and channel her energy for change.

 How you can help make a difference:

Sign The Petition! “You’re Never Too Young”

 

 

4: Raising Awareness About Colon Cancer in a Most Unique Way, With Ben DeHan and Dustin Brians

Working to increase colon cancer awareness

Dustin Brians and Ben DeHan

Ben Dehan and Dustin Brians are two good friends that were searching for a way to make a positive impact in the colon cancer community. They wanted to bring more visibility to the cancer, that in their words, is “the cancer no one wants to talk about.” Their project, the Buttfolio, will certainly get people talking!

To learn more about their project, visit thebuttfolio.com.

3: Taking Charge of Your Colon Cancer Treatment, With Sue Kidera

Sue Kidera - Stage 4 Colon Cancer Survivor

Sue Kidera

Cancer has been the most horrible and wonderful thing that has ever happened to me, because it taught me how to live a life uncommon.

This quote from stage 4 colon cancer survivor, Sue Kidera, beautifully describes her ongoing battle with colon cancer. Through multiple surgeries, chemotherapy treatments, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (S.B.R.T.), and currently the TAS-102 clinical trial, Sue continues her courageous battle to beat this disease.

Listen to our conversation and learn how Sue has taken the lead role in her treatment plan and the peace and serenity she has found as a member of the Naiades Oncology Rowing Team.

2: Founder of National “Dress in Blue Day,” Anita Mitchell

Anita Mitchell Isler - Stage 4 Colon Cancer Survivor

Anita Mitchell Isler

In this episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Anita Mitchell Isler, a stage 4 colon cancer survivor and the woman who founded “Dress in Blue Day.” Join me as Anita shares her story of beating stage 4 colon cancer and how that motivated her to work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of people affected by colon cancer in the Seattle, Washington area and across North America.

1: My Life With Cancer, With Lee Silverstein

Stage 4 colon cancer survivor - Lee SilversteinWelcome to the inaugural episode of the Colon Cancer Podcast. Join me as I share the story of how cancer has been a part of my life, for most of my life.

Lee Silverstein introduces the listeners to The Colon Cancer Podcast. Lee will take you through his incredible journey with cancer, which began when he was a 5-year-old Wilms’ Tumor patient, all the way through his battle as a stage 4 colon cancer survivor.

Lee shares with the listeners:

  • How he was twice diagnosed with cancer, once as a child and once as an adult, without showing any signs or symptoms.

  • His experience with the side-effects of chemotherapy and how he managed the effects.

  • How exercise, and a positive attitude, helped him through his colon cancer treatment.

 

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