January 6, 2024

CHRONICLE

Volume 1.
Colontown, USA

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MEET TERRI, OUR LOYAL LEADER

Loyal Leader Terri jumped into the role of leading our clinical trial neighborhoods

I am a Stage IV colorectal cancer patient approaching 5 years since my diagnosis in early 2019. Like so many other colorectal cancer patients, my journey has been tough and includes multiple surgeries, ablation, radiation, and almost 90 chemotherapy treatments. Fortunately, I joined COLONTOWN in 2019 where I found hope, treatment strategies, and educational resources, as well as research and information about clinical trials. More importantly, I found an incredibly supportive community of inspirational CRC patients, caregivers, and survivors who were knowledgeable, compassionate, and who understood what I was going through.

    I was very impressed with my experience in COLONTOWN and had a strong desire to become more involved and give back to the community that became my lifeline and my second family. I participated in the virtual Empowered Patient Leadership program in the summer of 2021. Following the EPL, I was given an opportunity to volunteer in COLONTOWN which I am very passionate about. I am currently a Neighborhood Host in LUNGSTON, TOM’S RAS CLINIC, and the GREAT LAKES MICHIGAN CREW neighborhoods where I enjoy connecting with members and ensuring the groups remain a supportive environment for members to ask questions, share experiences, and express their feelings and emotions.

    Last year, I became a Community Leader for TOM’S SCIENCE AND TRIALS SCHOOL neighborhoods. As a Community Leader, I mentor other Neighborhood Hosts, facilitate member connections and conversations in the groups, and share clinical trial research and information about new drugs and procedures, as well as help patients and their caregivers find clinical trial resources. I truly hope I’m making a difference in the lives of others! Thanks to COLONTOWN, I’ve found my people, my voice, and my purpose while bringing joy and fulfillment to my life.

    My cancer diagnosis has been life-changing (both physically and mentally) and has given me a new perspective and focus. I wake up each morning determined to live each day to the fullest and with a grateful heart. I treasure every moment spent with family and friends. I try not to worry about the future or things that are out of my control. I advocate for my own health recognizing that I have the ability to make informed decisions about treatment options that are in my best interest. I am an empowered patient because of what I’ve learned in COLONTOWN.

    As difficult as my cancer journey has been, I remain strong and full of hope. After all, I have survived everything I’ve been through so far and I know I will continue to do so with my COLONTOWN family cheering me on.

I am a Stage IV colorectal cancer patient approaching 5 years since my diagnosis in early 2019. Like so many other colorectal cancer patients, my journey has been tough and includes multiple surgeries, ablation, radiation, and almost 90 chemotherapy treatments. Fortunately, I joined COLONTOWN in 2019 where I found hope, treatment strategies, and educational resources, as well as research and information about clinical trials. More importantly, I found an incredibly supportive community of inspirational CRC patients, caregivers, and survivors who were knowledgeable, compassionate, and who understood what I was going through.

   I was very impressed with my experience in COLONTOWN and had a strong desire to become more involved and give back to the community that became my lifeline and my second family. I participated in the virtual Empowered Patient Leadership program in the summer of 2021. Following the EPL, I was given an opportunity to volunteer in COLONTOWN which I am very passionate about. I am currently a Neighborhood Host in LUNGSTON, TOM’S RAS CLINIC, and the GREAT LAKES MICHIGAN CREW neighborhoods where I enjoy connecting with members and ensuring the groups remain a supportive environment for members to ask questions, share experiences, and express their feelings and emotions.

   Last year, I became a Community Leader for TOM’S SCIENCE AND TRIALS SCHOOL neighborhoods. As a Community Leader, I mentor other Neighborhood Hosts, facilitate member connections and conversations in the groups, and share clinical trial research and information about new drugs and procedures, as well as help patients and their caregivers find clinical trial resources. I truly hope I’m making a difference in the lives of others! Thanks to COLONTOWN, I’ve found my people, my voice, and my purpose while bringing joy and fulfillment to my life.

   My cancer diagnosis has been life-changing (both physically and mentally) and has given me a new perspective and focus. I wake up each morning determined to live each day to the fullest and with a grateful heart. I treasure every moment spent with family and friends. I try not to worry about the future or things that are out of my control. I advocate for my own health recognizing that I have the ability to make informed decisions about treatment options that are in my best interest. I am an empowered patient because of what I’ve learned in COLONTOWN.

   As difficult as my cancer journey has been, I remain strong and full of hope. After all, I have survived everything I’ve been through so far and I know I will continue to do so with my COLONTOWN family cheering me on.

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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