Details on my incredible experience at the Colon Club’s June 2015 Colondar 2.0 CRC Patient Retreat is at this link
The Colon Club is one of the largest CRC patient advocacy groups in the country. It is they who sponsor the annual Colondar 2.0 retreat and much more. Just a few of the things they do: 1.) Spread awareness that yes, CRC happens to young people under 50 (we are actually the fastest growing group of new CRC diagnoses!) 2.) Provide resources promoting screening/early diagnosis – early diagnosis = cures! 3.) Provide the patient online forum “Colon Talk” where patients (including myself!) can gather to give each other essential help, support and advice. 4.) Publish the annual Colondar 2.0.
Why is the annual Colondar 2.0 magazine important? I believe it is vitally important: 1.) By showing the faces of young CRC – which is essential because in most areas, a young CRC patient has probably never seen or met another fellow young CRC patient so he/she often feels alone… At least until seeing another face from their own generation in the Colondar 2.0! 2.) By giving inspiring stories to read of fellow patients not only surviving but THRIVING for emotional support and HOPE 3.) By providing many articles of important guidance for young CRC patients and those at risk – guidance they may have had trouble finding elsewhere.
The Colon Club has incredibly changed my life for the better and I know it has & will for others as well!