This is 35

December 14, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship, 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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Why Survivor Stories Matter

October 2, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship, 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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Losing the Health Privilege (get the link to my guest blog for Mayo Clinic!)

August 22, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship, News and Announcements | 1

Why did I write a blog on health privilege? Here’s the story! Several months ago, John Novak (a colleague at Inspire) called with one of my favorite questions – “Will you write a guest blog?” Inspire (an organization offering online patient support communities) and the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network collaborated to create a new…

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17 Reasons God Meant Colon Cancer for My Good

January 23, 2018 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 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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Long Overdue Health Update

July 11, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 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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16 Candles (on my cancer survivor cake)

January 23, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 2

If I could travel back in time and offer a cancer survivor some words of encouragement – the 17-year-old standing in the back of the library who had just been told she had colon cancer, it would be this: Look up. Breathe. Exhale. Seek. Repeat. And then I’d add in some of this as we sit…

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Opening up about cancer again

September 4, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 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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Learning to accept my mission field

May 6, 2016 | Danielle | Faith | 1

The tables were lined with colorful runners, authentically stitched by (what I imagined to be) elderly Guatemalan women with long braided hair sitting in the marketplace talking to travelers. Handmade noisemakers and dolls made the perfect centerpieces. Postcards with a photo of my friend’s beautiful family served as a “program” and explained her ministry and…

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