June 15, 2024

CHRONICLE

Volume 5.
Colontown, USA

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MEET SILENT STRATEGIST MEAGAN

Meagan navigates through adversity with unwavering composure, impacting countless lives with selfless dedication and quiet resolve

I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in labour and delivery with my daughter in early 2019 when I was 29 years old. I had no family history, no notable symptoms, and was given an inoperable diagnosis due to my heavy burden of liver metastases. My way of coping was to throw myself into research to figure out how I could beat this.

   About 3 months after my diagnosis I found COLONTOWN and I feel like this was a turning point in my care. I learned about advances in the treatment of liver mets and started pursuing a transplant. Ultimately, I qualified for an ALPPS two-stage liver resection after 19 rounds of chemotherapy and my liver has been disease-free since. I have since had lung recurrence that I’ve been dealing with since late 2020, with one round of radiation, two vats resections, as well as many more rounds of systemic therapy.

   As I began to get comfortable managing my diagnosis and care, I started becoming more involved within COLONTOWN. I started as host in our early onset neighborhood YOUNGSTOWN and our parenting neighborhood THE PTA. With the rise of early-onset CRC diagnoses, I really wanted to provide some hope to fellow patients like myself, who were in a much different stage of life than someone with a ‘typical’ diagnosis. I think everyone within this community quickly learns that this isn’t an ‘old man’s disease’ anymore.

   Shortly thereafter I became a community leader for our UNIQUENESS UNION neighborhoods, which provide much-needed camaraderie for those with similar interests and beliefs. We have neighborhoods for religious support, a book club, as well as neighborhoods for health, wellness and art amongst others. I liked that this community was really embracing people’s interests in an attempt to create some normalcy within this diagnosis.

  Now, as a member of the COLONTOWN Cabinet, I work with a fantastic team of seven

individuals who oversee the management of the COLONTOWN community. One of my responsibilities in this role is managing and hosting our ‘Resource Fairs’. These fairs bring together free resources from other non-profits that our members can access and hopefully makes their journey through this disease a bit easier.

   Today in mid-2024 I still have active disease and I am currently pursuing another surgery to help keep my active disease as minimal as possible. I still talk to patients and some caregivers daily in an effort to share my journey, provide hope, and share advice on how I’ve been able to overcome setbacks through my journey. My kids are now both in school and try to find as much joy together as we can.

I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in labour and delivery with my daughter in early 2019 when I was 29 years old. I had no family history, no notable symptoms, and was given an inoperable diagnosis due to my heavy burden of liver metastases. My way of coping was to throw myself into research to figure out how I could beat this.

   About 3 months after my diagnosis I found COLONTOWN and I feel like this was a turning point in my care. I learned about advances in the treatment of liver mets and started pursuing a transplant. Ultimately, I qualified for an ALPPS two-stage liver resection after 19 rounds of chemotherapy and my liver has been disease-free since. I have since had lung recurrence that I’ve been dealing with since late 2020, with one round of radiation, two vats resections, as well as many more rounds of systemic therapy.

   As I began to get comfortable managing my diagnosis and care, I started becoming more involved within COLONTOWN. I started as host in our early onset neighborhood YOUNGSTOWN and our parenting neighborhood THE PTA. With the rise of early-onset CRC diagnoses, I really wanted to provide some hope to fellow patients like myself, who were in a much different stage of life than someone with a ‘typical’ diagnosis. I think everyone within this community quickly learns that this isn’t an ‘old man’s disease’ anymore.

   Shortly thereafter I became a community leader for our UNIQUENESS UNION neighborhoods, which provide much-needed camaraderie for those with similar interests and beliefs. We have neighborhoods for religious support, a book club, as well as neighborhoods for health, wellness and art amongst others. I liked that this community was really embracing people’s interests in an attempt to create some normalcy within this diagnosis.

  Now, as a member of the COLONTOWN Cabinet, I work with a fantastic team of seven individuals who oversee the management of the COLONTOWN community. One of my responsibilities in this role is managing and hosting our ‘Resource Fairs’. These fairs bring together free resources from other non-profits that our members can access and hopefully makes their journey through this disease a bit easier.

   Today in mid-2024 I still have active disease and I am currently pursuing another surgery to help keep my active disease as minimal as possible. I still talk to patients and some caregivers daily in an effort to share my journey, provide hope, and share advice on how I’ve been able to overcome setbacks through my journey. My kids are now both in school and try to find as much joy together as we can.

MEET MORE COLONTOWN HEROES

These hometown heroes keep COLONTOWN safe, educated and connected to other patients and carepartners

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Did you know that COLONTOWN is filled with local heroes? As we move into the new year, we want to highlight all the amazing ways our patients and carepartners give back. From the Knight of Knowledge to the Sensational Survivor, our superheroes help thousands of their neighbors find their people, research new treatment options, and advocate for their own care. Check here every month to see a new COLONTOWN Hero unmasked! Do you know a superhero in your neighborhood?

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