Second opinion for surgery – Glad I got it

December 6, 2018 | Danielle | Colon Cancer | 11

I don’t want to write this post. Not because I don’t like talking to you, or because I don’t want you to read my blog, but because I feel silly. Here’s why: I got a second opinion for surgery from a colorectal surgeon. And not only did my doctor’s second opinion make me stop and […]

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J-Pouch vs Ileostomy (Big Surgery Decisions)

November 16, 2018 | Danielle | Colon Cancer | 10

I met with a new colorectal surgeon this week at KU Cancer Center and discussed my latest colonoscopy and how I was considering a j-pouch vs ileostomy. I liked him a lot. He was smart and asked good questions. I challenged myself to set an appointment with a new doctor to get a new opinion. […]

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I don’t feel brave

November 6, 2018 | Danielle | Colon Cancer | 2

One of the best decisions I’ve made in the past week is sharing my colonoscopy results with you all. Seriously. The outpouring of support is overwhelming, in a good way. My heart was encouraged by the comments, messages, texts and phone calls all weekend. It took me over an hour and a half to read […]

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Not the News I Wanted

November 3, 2018 | Danielle | Colon Cancer | 9

I had dreams of posting a blog about my colonoscopy earlier this week and sharing that I was polyp-free and the coast was clear in my colon. Although I didn’t leave the clinic like I have in previous years, worried and concerned cancer was growing in my body, I didn’t leave like I’d hoped. During […]

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17 Reasons God Used Colon Cancer for My Good

January 23, 2018 | Danielle | Colon Cancer | 7

For the past 17 years, I’ve been telling my story of being diagnosed with stage III colon cancer just a few weeks after I turned 17 years old. Today is my 17 year cancerversary. Some years on this cancer anniversary, I’ve felt empowered and strong. Other years, I’ve wanted to crawl into a hole and […]

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Colonoscopy #12 (with MiraLAX and Gatorade prep)

November 5, 2017 | Danielle | Colon Cancer | 1

Quick report from my 12th colonoscopy (in 16 years) where I used the MiraLAX and Gatorade colonoscopy prep. Also, I encountered some new billing procedures and expenses during this visit, and my GI found a polyp. Here’s the story. MiraLAX and Gatorade colonoscopy prep For this colonoscopy, my GI doctor, Dr. Marc Taormina, recommended I […]

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