Meet author Kristina Smith – Widowed at age 25

March 16, 2019 | Danielle | Cancer, Testimony | 0

I met Kristina a few years ago at a meeting for people 7 Billion Ones featured, she quickly told me she was widowed at age 25 after her husband’s stage 4 colorectal cancer diagnosis. Our paths soon wove together as she became a Fight CRC advocate. She recently released a book that gives an honest…

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Common questions answered – a colon cancer blog

March 1, 2019 | Danielle | Cancer | 0

When I started blogging, I named my blog “Semicolon Stories” because it was a colon cancer blog. All of my posts involved surviving stage 3 colon cancer. Several years later, I started this blog to talk about a variety of topics in addition to colon cancer. My blogs are a good picture of the evolution…

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Colonoscopy Prep Night (and trying something new)

December 17, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer, Sickness | 2

This is a sponsored post. Salix Pharmaceuticals compensated me for this post. All opinions are my own. Certain product information has been included to meet regulations. This fall, I had my 13th colonoscopy. This is more than most people receive in a lifetime, but as a colorectal cancer survivor, and because I have Lynch syndrome,…

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This is 35

December 14, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer, Faith | 0

“How does it feel to turn 35 years old!?” friends asked me across a conference room table earlier this week. They’re new friends, people I’ve met over the past year through work. People who’ve not lived the past 18 years by my side as I’ve survived colon cancer (although people who would have undoubtedly rushed…

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Second opinions

December 6, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer, Sickness | 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 from a colorectal surgeon. And not only did the doctor’s second opinion make me stop and think twice…

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J Pouch vs Ileostomy (Big Surgery Decisions)

November 16, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer, Sickness | 10

Don’t you love how medical news and decisions tend to linger? It’s like cutting onions or boiling eggs. Well, sort of, it’s way less scrumptious at the end. Meeting with a colorectal surgeon I met with a new surgeon this week at KU Cancer Center and discussed my latest colonoscopy. I liked him a lot.…

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Not the News I Wanted

November 3, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer, Sickness | 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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Why Survivor Stories Matter

October 2, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer, Communications | 0

I am one of the one million colon cancer survivors in the U.S. and an advocate for survivor stories. But I’ve not always worn this badge so openly or proudly. I think a lot of survivors, of any trauma, can relate. Although surviving cancer is typically viewed as heroic in our culture now, this wasn’t…

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August 2018 Health Update

August 29, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer | 0

Sometimes I step back and realize it’s a miracle I only post personal health updates a few times each year, if that. I don’t take this lightly. Seventeen years ago, after my colon cancer diagnosis, my parents were frequently emailing a list of friends and family with the latest surgery updates, chemotherapy stories and reports from…

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17 Reasons God Meant Colon Cancer for My Good

January 23, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer, Sickness | 7

17 is a number that has followed me around for a long time, and today, I’m going to give you 17 reasons I can see how God used colon cancer for my good. For the past 17 years, I’ve been telling the story of being diagnosed with stage III colon cancer just a few weeks…

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To Life! – A Tribute to Dr. Tom

November 15, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer | 5

Scroll down past the big trees – he told us on his personal blog – and there you’ll find me. In a picture from one of his hiking trips, surrounded by beautiful tall trunks of some of the world’s tallest trees, there Tom Marsilje didn’t only find himself but introduced himself. Humble. Happy. Hopeful he…

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Colonoscopy #12

November 5, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer | 0

I’m happy to report I successfully made it through another colonoscopy. I’m pretty sure this was my 12th colonoscopy over the past 16 years. Prep The doc recommended I return to using one of my preferred preps from the past:  Miralax and Gatorade. I know it’s not everyone’s favorite, but it’s much better than the…

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5 tips for talking to kids about cancer

August 18, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer | 1

Talking to kids about cancer isn’t easy, but if a close friend or relative has been diagnosed, I guarantee it’s on their minds. One summer, my daughter made a cute craft box at camp designed to keep her prayer requests. As I ooo’ed and awe’ed over her decorating, it took my breath away when she…

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Long Overdue Health Update

July 11, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer | 0

Sometimes I sit so comfortably in cancer survivorship that I forget to write health updates. I think that’s normal. Oftentimes when we’re sick, we’re diligent to update friends and family when we’re in the thick of treatment and surgery. People are praying. Cooks are cooking. Friends are offering to do everything from errands to laundry…

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I Survived Colon Cancer… And Camping

June 25, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer, Relationships & Coping | 0

Know what might be more polarizing than politics? Camping. You all are funny – I posted on my Facebook page and asked for tips as I headed toward the wild wild woods this weekend and got a variety of responses. All made me laugh out loud. They also showed me the mixed feelings people have…

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Getting Angry at God

June 9, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer, Faith | 6

Today I’ve been “cancer free” for 8 years… again. On June 9, 2009 my second occurrence was found, breaking my 8-year “no evidence of disease” streak. Part of me wanted to sit in a puddle of worry today – what if the streak breaks again? Another part of me, a much smaller part, wanted to…

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16 Candles

January 23, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer | 2

If I could travel back in time and tell the 17-year-old standing in the back of the library one thing, the one who was just told she had colon cancer, it would be this: Look up. Breathe. Exhale. Seek. Repeat. If I could give her one heads up, I’d tell her to expect life to…

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Because She Was Rose

December 18, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer | 21

I stood off to the side, a common place for me, and watched her arms raise and hips gently sway. The sparkles on her low-cut, v-neck, blue sequence dress flashed in the lights. Her tall silver heels and spiky hair, not to mention her signature blue eye shadow, led me to believe she felt good.…

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Remembering My Why in Denver

November 6, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer, Communications | 0

I tried really hard but between the intriguing conversation with my Ethiopian taxi cab driver and the bumps from Denver’s road construction, I couldn’t seem to snap a great picture of the mountains. Not everyone’s amazing at iPhone photography. Case in point: Contrary to what the pictures may seem, the Colorado Rockies were beautiful. I…

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From Scanxiety to Hopeful | A Devotional

October 26, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer, Devotionals | 2

The words were about to roll off the keyboard like drizzling butter over freshly popped popcorn when I stopped myself. No – the days of basking in scanxiety were over. Instead of writing about the trauma and pain of cancer, or the nervousness about my upcoming scans, I felt an invisible nudge to focus on…

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Opening up about cancer again

September 4, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer | 11

I tried to stop writing about colon cancer a little while ago. Well, sort of. I moved away from writing on my Semicolon Stories blog – a site I began after my second diagnosis. Its musings and content mostly focused on “life after colorectal cancer.” I took an active step away from blogging about my…

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15 Years Later – God is my Healer

January 23, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer | 3

On this day 15 years ago my life changed forever. I went to school in the morning. I attended a large high school with over 300 other students in my class. It was big enough that I didn’t know everyone at the school, yet somehow small enough that by mid-semester I knew, or at least…

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This is the post for Belle.

January 8, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer, Faith | 4

This is the post for Belle. The one she asked me to write — more than once. The one she said people needed. The one she said people were asking about. The one she said would help. The one she said she couldn’t do, but the one she knew I could. I like to think…

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