became a ten-year colon cancer survivor this past August 29th.
Yay for me!
has a story to tell. The stories may be similar to others, but
no two are ever the same. In that respect, I'm always thankful
and humbled for every opportunity to share my story with anyone
open and willing to listen.
As a 10-year survivor
of Stage 3c colon cancer, I've had many years to reflect not only
on the physical effects of this disease, but also on the mental
and emotional changes that have led me to truly understand the
meaning of living every moment as if it were my last on earth.
I am finally realizing
long-term side effects of FOLFOX chemotherapy. I've spent most
of this year recovering from three surgeries in five months' time.
Just in time for one more surgery scheduled for Nov. 10th.
I have been
remiss in journaling these past two years. However, I plan to
write more frequently in the weeks to come...I hope you visit
- Nov. 21, 2014:
Colorectal Cancer Round Table (NCCRT) annual meeting in Bethesda,
Receive and donate NCCRT Blue Star Challenge Award of $3,000 to
Colon Cancer Alliance's Blue Hope Prevention Award program.
I'm so honored
and pleased to be awarded first runner-up in the 2014 National
Colorectal Cancer Round Table (NCCRT) Blue Star Challenge!
Thanks to EnFocus
Media for designing Be a Blue
Buddy's logo, I will be donating all $3,000 of the charitable
proceeds to Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA)'s Blue
Hope Prevention Award, funding for individuals and family
members for colorectal cancer screening-related issues.
shared a wonderful quote with me; a quote that truly tugs at my
heart strings and reflects how I feel each and every time I can
be of service to the colorectal cancer community, whether it's
by corresponding with newly diagnosed patients or their family
members through my online cancer journal, social media, or CCA's
Buddy volunteer program, and by speaking with groups and organizations
to help raise awareness and educate the public about colon cancer,
the importance of screening and early detection.
below inspires me to continue doing what I thought was a one-time
event this past March 2014 (National Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Month)--advocating, raising funds for CCA, and spreading the word.
Giving hope. Saving lives. Because Screenings Save Lives.
so proud of my sister Grace De La Rosa's accomplishments!
- Gina V.
who really want to make a difference in the world usually
do it, in one way or another. And I've noticed something about
people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable
conviction that individuals are extremely important, that
every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They
are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, & treat
one wound. They aren't determined to revolutionize the world
all at once; they're satisfied with small changes. Over time,
though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform
cities and nations, and yes, the world."
- Beth Clark, Author
a Blue Buddy logo design by Bernardo Santana III, EnFocus