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Easing the Effects of Colon Cancer Through Running, With Claudia Kittock

Claudia KittockClaudia Kittock is a 10 year survivor of colon cancer. She experienced wonderful care, rigorous treatment and “the outcome we all pray for.”  The most shocking part of the experience was to discover that once the treatments were over, her journey had just begun. Healing her body and soul was a long and arduous process with little guidance or help. She had to discover how to get well on her own, and after 3 years of daily effort, she found herself well again.

Today, Claudia runs over 20 miles a week and finds herself healthier than ever. She chronicled her personal journey through cancer, in her book, Health Through Chaos. She also shares her thoughts, on her blog by the same title.

Claudia has used her love of running to give back to the Minneapolis, Minnesota community. Through Mile in My Shoes, she, along with the local running community, have partnered with two homeless shelters to  foster wellness, empathy and empowerment by forming running teams with their guests.

Kiel Colon Cancer Foundation – Raising Awareness in the African-American Community

LaTashia and George Kiel

Kiel Colon Cancer Foundation – LaTashia and George Kiel

George and LaTashia Kiel founded the Kiel Colon Cancer Foundation in memory of George’s mother who lost her battle with Colon Cancer at the age of 59. The mission of the Kiel Colon Cancer Foundation is to educate the public about colon cancer, support colon cancer research, advocate for appropriate screening measures and encourage healthy lifestyle choices.

The signature event for the Kiel Colon Cancer Foundation is the Kick & Roll Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

“Because of the ignorance that most of us embody in regards to the disease, I am on a mission to push colorectal cancer, the disease that stole my mother too soon, down the list of most frequently diagnosed cancers through education, public outreach, research, and various other initiatives, but mainly through the encouragement of conquering its most prevalent behavioral risk factors – physical inactivity, obesity and diet.” – George Kiel III

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Easing the Effects of Colon Cancer Through Yoga, With Jean DiCarlo-Wagner

unnamedJean DiCarlo-Wagner faced Stage IIIC colon cancer in 2003, with her doctors giving her a 50/50 chance for five-year survival. Fortunately, her surgery and chemotherapy were successful, but her journey from diagnosis to recovery was challenging. After a 20-year career as an education resource specialist, her diagnosis and poor prognosis forced her to retire. However, she found a new career in teaching yoga for cancer survivors. Jean and her husband, Chris, have one grown daughter and are active hosts. They keep busy with an art studio built on their property and rescuing golden retrievers.

Jean DiCarlo Wagner demonstrates her gentle yoga while lying in bed:


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Riding His Motorcycle To Raise Awareness About FAP and Colon Cancer, With Todd Spurrier

Todd SpurrierTodd Spurrier has spent 19 months riding his Ducati motorcycle over 57, 000 miles all over America to raise awareness for FAP (Familial Adenomatous Polyposis) and Colorectal Cancer.

As he states on his website,

The mission of DESTINATION X RIDE (DXR) is to save lives by unleashing awareness on the masses about three related conditions impacting thousands of people, including me and my family: colorectal cancer, familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and desmoid tumors by broadcasting the message as widely and as loudly as possible that early screenings can prevent much more serious stages of these diseases.

Here are some of the organizations that have been important to Todd and his mission:

The Colon Cancer Alliance



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Pregnant and on Chemotherapy, With Betsy Henson

Betsy Henson and her baby, Ellie

Pregnant and on chemotherapy, with Betsy Henson

Can you imagine being 20 weeks pregnant and being told you must start chemotherapy immediately? This happened to Betsy Henson. Betsy began feeling extremely weak. After several visits to the emergency room, for what she thought were severe hemorrhoids, her doctor ordered a colonoscopy.

Her worst fears were realized when it was discovered she had colon cancer that had metastasized  to her liver. Her team of doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) got right to work putting together a treatment plan to treat Betsy’s cancer as well as safeguard her baby.

Click here to see Betsy share her story, and meet her daughter, Ellie.



The Cancer Olympics, With Dr. Robin McGee

Robin McGee

The Cancer Olympics – Dr. Robin McGee

Robin McGee was diagnosed with stage 3C rectal cancer after years of bungled and inadequate medical attention. Later on, she discovered that the best-practice chemotherapy was not available in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she lives.  After her very delayed diagnosis, she reached out to her community using a blog entitled “Robin‘s Cancer Olympics.”  The uplifting and humorous posts and responses followed her through the harsh landscape of cancer treatment and provincial politics.  She and her community were ultimately successful in lobbying the government for the chemotherapy to be approved, but too late for her to receive it.  She also sought medical justice, and the doctors who disregarded her were investigated and disciplined by their College. Since entering remission, she has been extremely active in patient advocacy, serving as a patient representative on several provincial, national, and international initiatives aimed at improving cancer care. Her book, The Cancer Olympics
relates her story.  It is an International Book Award 2015 Finalist, and has received 5-star reviews from Kirkus IndieReader and Reader’s Favorite.  In 2015, the Canadian Cancer Society awarded Robin their highest honor, the National Medal of Courage.

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You’re Never Too Young for Colorectal Cancer, with Kimberly Bishop

Kimberly Bishop

You’re Never Too Young for Colorectal Cancer, With Kimberly Bishop

For several years, Kimberly Bishop was told by her doctor, despite obvious symptoms,  that she was too young to have colorectal cancer. As her symptoms worsened, her doctor finally sent her for a colonoscopy where a 13cm cancerous polyp was discovered at the recto-sigmoid junction. Kimberly was just 34 when she was diagnosed with rectal cancer. After surgery and six months of FOLFOX chemotherapy, Kimberly remains NED, 8 years after her initial diagnosis.

What I Learned From Kimberly Bishop

  • Don’t ignore the symptoms of colorectal cancer.

    • You know what is, and is not normal for your body. Talk to your doctor. If you have persistent symptoms, insist on a colonoscopy.

  • Support can come from many places.

    • If a spouse or partner is unable to provide the support you need, turn to friends or other family members.



Choosing to Lead a Positive Life With AFAP, With Daniel Shockley

Daniel Shockley

Choosing a Positive Life With AFAP, With Daniel Shockley

Daniel Shockley is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. At the age of 50 he was diagnosed with AFAP, Attenuated Familial Adenomatous Polyposis. AFAP is a subtype of a condition known as Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP), which causes an increased number of colon polyps, and therefore, an increased risk of colon cancer in the people who have it.

Though faced with life saving and life-altering surgery, Daniel has chosen to live a positive life.

My mindset from the onset can best be described as: I tend not to think about things I am unable to control; medical issues I am unable to control. What I can control is my positive attitude – Daniel Shockley

What I Learned From Daniel Shockley

  •  Understand as much as you can about your condition

    • Understanding your condition will help you adapt and will allow you to press on with your life.

  • Worrying doesn’t help.

    • In Daniel’s words “worrying didn’t cause my condition;  therefore,worrying will not make it go away.”

Daniel has made advocacy his life’s work. Here are the organizations that Daniel is working with:

The Colon Cancer Alliance

Fight Colorectal Cancer

Hereditary Colon Cancer Foundation

National Organization of Rare Disorders

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Society

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.


Michael’s Mission

Chris4LIfe Founder and President, Michael Sapienza

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The inspiration for Chris4Life, Christine Sapienza

Michael Sapienza founded Chris4Life in honor of his mother, Christine Sapienza, who lost her battle with colon cancer in 2009.

The mission of Chris4Life is:

To find a cure for colon cancer by funding and facilitating cutting edge research programs across the nation. To improve the lives of patients diagnosed with colon cancer by funding and developing programs to support patients and their caregivers. To increase awareness of the life-saving importance of early screening for colon cancer by using innovative strategies.

What I Learned from Michael Sapienza

  • One person can make an impact.

    • Chris4Life has grown and now sponsors major events across the country to raise money to support colon cancer research.

  • Within a few years, we will see colon cancer receive the national spotlight like other forms of cancer currently have.

Important Links Mentioned on the Show:

Colon Cancer Alliance Webinar: Dehydration: Causes, Impact On Your Treatment and What You Can Do – May, 20, 2015 7PM EST


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Never too Young

The Chrs4Life Fabulous Event


From Homelessness to Colon Cancer Advocate, With Candace Henley

Candace Henley

From Homelessness to Colon Cancer Advocate, With Candace Henley

Candace Henley says she was “Superwoman” prior to her colon cancer diagnosis. The mother of five children, she worked out at the gym, drove a bus for the Chicago Transit Authority and was involved in her church.

When she was diagnosed with stage IIB colon cancer the effects were devastating; not just physically, but also emotionally and financially. Her husband left her, she lost her job, her car and her home. Inspired by the care and support of many, particularly her children, she fought her way back.

In an effort to raise awareness about colon cancer in the African-American community, Candace created Blue Hat BowTie Sunday. In March of 2015, she was  recognized by the Zeta Phi Beta sorority as their Woman of the Year. Candace was also one of four women whose story was profiled in Women’sHealth Magazine.

What Candace Henley Learned From Surviving Colon Cancer

  • I learned there is no room for self-pity- (“Why should I fight it, I’m going to die anyway”). Who really knows when they are going to die? Those that love you want you to fight and if they could they would fight for you but, truth is “Your survivorship should not be more important to everyone but you!”

  • I learned that you will lose friends as result of fear and ignorance about what cancer is and no matter how many times you tell them they can’t get it if they touch you.

  • I learned that I am happier than I was before cancer. When you survive cancer, you see life in HD. Things seem brighter, smell better and feel better. The things you use to take advantage of somehow become more exciting and make you want to slow down and savor moments as long as you can.

  • I learned that laughter is healing and good medicine. I remember reading that laughter had healing properties and I was desperate to feel something other than pain and anger so, I started watching America’s funniest home videos and spending more time with family and friends.

  • I learned that LIVESTRONG is not as easy as it sounds.

  • I learned that I would have missed being a grandmother.

  • I learned I would become an advocate for others like me.

  • I learned that I would encourage others not only about making it day by day but, making it through life.

  • I learned that you will not be the person you use to be and you have to find your “New Normal”.

  • I learned that God does answer prayers.

  • I learned that cancer is not a punishment from God.

  • I learned to forgive myself for being angry and forgive others who hurt or left me when I needed them most.

  • I learned that cancer is an exclusive club that does not discriminate. People you might not otherwise meet from all walks of life become lifelong friends as a result of a cancer diagnosis.

  • I learned my purpose in life.

  • I learned to live my best life now


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