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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month March 2012

 If more than ½ of the diseases are preventable (diet, lifestyle, testing and early diagnosis), why aren’t we taking action?

First I WAS TOO SCARED: If I only knew signs of irregularity like bright red spots or dark “tarry” stools was a sign of blood in the stool. I didn’t notice the problem until I was literally bleeding with each bowel movement. This went on for quite some time and I was too embarrassed and too scared to go to a doctor.
Then I was TOO SCARED NOT TO SEE A DOCTOR:
The pain was so severe like a piercing knife through my spine I knew something was wrong. My gynecologist said to me the blood was too excessive and was going on for far too long and was certain it was not related to my nerves. He gave me the name of a proctologist to make an appointment for a colonoscopy and that’s how they found the polyp. As a result, my surgery warranted an irreversible colostomy. After enduring 22 radiation treatments only lasting 22 seconds each session, this surgery lead to an ileostomy, due to post-radiation burn and other post-surgery complications.  My doctor told me if I would have only come to him when the symptoms first occurred he could have removed the polyp and we would have avoided all the rest. If only there was a recall button.

 

TAKE ACTION, ask your primary care doctor for a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)[v] which can detect or prevent cancer long before the symptoms occur. Make your health a number one priority. You’re worth it and your family and friends are worth it!

If you are age 50 and older the prevent cancer foundation recommends the following screening[iii]:

  • Colonoscopy: Every 10 years
  • Virtual colonoscopy: Every 5 years
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy: Every 5 years
  • Double-contrast barium enema: Every 5 years

Screening intervals for tests that mainly find cancer:

  • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT): Every year
  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT): Every year
  • Stool DNA test (sDNA): Ask your health care professional

My body had brought me to a point that doing daily activities became too difficult because of the severe pain. I urge you to please take action and control of your health. Regular screenings will greatly increase the early detection of colon polyps which can ultimately SAVE your life!

With love and God’s Blessings,

Dee Dee Email Me: littledeet@yahoo.com E-mail the techie behind the Chat With Dee Dee (Blog, Facebook & Twitter pages)stephanie@gccrepair.com (who happens to be my daughter).

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posture speaks volumes

It’s interesting how clearly body language communicates our response to what someone is saying or to a situation.

Dee Dee – Although it wasn’t communicated verbally, I knew the news about my diagnosis wasn’t what I wanted to hear. The doctor came into my room after my colonoscopy exam and stood at the foot of my bed with his head drooped down. His body language said it all. The doctor and I had hit it off from the first moment I met him. Those who know me can tell you that I love people and make friends very easily. So no … it wasn’t strange that I would make a friend in my proctologist believe it or not. To make delivering the bad news easier on him, I said to the doctor, I have cancer don’t I? He was still looking down and shook his head yes. I immediately cried, no sobbed uncontrollably. He continued to talk, but I don’t remember one word he said. Just about everything was racing through my mind at the time. I thought I would die. My children… how would they handle the news? Finally, I thought I heard a voice saying wait listen to what I’m saying … it was the doctor saying it’s not over its operable. I finally stopped sobbing and started to listen.

Stephanie – I watched a video this week on the topic of Minimally Disruptive Medicine by Victor Montori, M.D., Mayo Clinic http://youtu.be/flcRKdoaiVk. In his presentation, he spoke about the importance of doctor’s picking up on queues that patients give with their body language. Doctor’s often become frustrated when patients don’t comply with their medical advice and/or fail to follow prescription guidelines and or referrals to specialists. Lack of compliance is usually not a result of laziness or lack of esteem for their professional opinion. The truth is that patients often face a number of external disturbances that affect their ability to follow instructions from their doctor.  The disruption in the treatment plan can relate to domestic roles, financial burdens, inability to take that much time off of work, and/or limited literacy on how much (what dosage) and how frequent (what time and how often) they are meant to take their prescription during the day.

Dr. Montori’s presentation using a fabricated patient’s case was very astute. In his message, domestic responsibilities (his family was depending on him to carry the load) were the cause of non-compliance. You see his daughter had recently experienced a loss and moved in with him and his wife bringing her three kids along. He had an obligation to work and carry the financial burden. In order for him to comply with the doctor’s orders a number of things would need to occur. He would need to get a ride to a dietician, take off of work, see an endocrinologist about his obesity and high cholesterol, he needs to avoid salt, fats, carbs, he needs to take and manage prescriptions for diabetes and hypertension which make him dizzy and depressed. He needs to ask his wife to check the condition of his feet because he’s obese and can’t see them properly. He also needs to check his sugar. He has lower back pain, neuropathy and should be evaluated by a podiatrist. Treating these symptoms means more time off work and the patient couldn’t afford to do this. He is in pain all the time and he can’t sleep. His work load is increasing. He has deadlines at work and has to take work home to perform and keep his numbers up. He’s worried about his company going under. If his company fails, he will lose his insurance and likely go into debt. If he’s not able to pay his mortgage, he’ll eventually lose his home. Unfortunately, the program the doctor has prescribed doesn’t FIT into the context of all that is going on in this patient’s life.

When the patient finally returns to see the doctor, non-compliance is interpreted as failure, laziness or non-cooperation. The doctor does not recognize all of the surrounding circumstances, but identifies the breakdown as a lack of effort on the patient’s behalf.

Dr. Montori’s suggestion to adopt a more realistic treatment plan to fit the patient’s lifestyle. Instead, the doctor typically intensifies the treatment regimen when faced with non-compliance – adamantly insisting the patient needs more treatment. As you know, this leaves us, the patient, shifting towards self-management of our care. As patient’s we often frequently go to other patients to ask for help. After all, they can relate to our point of view and share what’s worked or hasn’t from their own perspective.  Dr. Montori suggests ‘minimally disruptive medicine’ as a needed change for the future care coordination. By measuring key areas that help focus to turning towards the goals that matter : burden of the treatment; coordination of care; comorbidity (presence of one or more disorders/disease) in clinical evidence and guidelines; and prioritizing from the patient’s perspective.

I will watch with great interest and hope more doctors will adapt to treating patients using Minimally Disruptive Medicine.

 
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HOPE: Sticking to Goals Despite Complications

Since I started blogging I’ve been blessed and have met some very wonderful people. Many of the people you’ll meet in the blogging social media community are very dedicated and driven and can be very helpful getting you noticed. Often they’ll give you suggestions, connect you with like minded bloggers and even offer to write about you on their blog or guest post on your blog. The problem with promises is life can get in the way even with those who have the best intentions. At times we’re all so busy or derailed it complicates the actual delivery and the promise fails to occur.


So how do we prevent over committing and letting others down especially ourselves?

I’ve always been very determined and driven. I believe my determination and will is a huge part of my fight and survival during my treatments and up to this very day. I’m also an extrovert, even as a child I was very high energy and outgoing. My personality is a very big part of my success throughout my life. I may have been an average student but I made sure that I made up for it and I applied myself in every other area to succeed. I was very involved in extracurricular activities. I have a big enough personality that I even joined a cultural club once to be a part of the fun and socializing in the group even though I didn’t speak the language. Let’s face it … I’m fun and enjoy life, in fact, that’s still my attitude today.

Now this is going way back to my youth but I remember this particular day very well. I was only 16 at the time and it was tryouts day for the majorette flag twirler squad. I had been preparing for this day for quite some time. I was a self taught and a very proud dual flag twirler with charisma and flare.  This tryout was very significant since I was aiming for the very important position of captain of the majorette squad. I had spent countless hours learning my routine and boy oh boy I had it down … I was more than ready. The only problem was when I woke up that morning I was in a tremendous amount of pain on my lower right abdomen. Despite the pain I knew the position meant the world to me so I decided not to tell anyone about the pain and go to the tryouts anyway. Probably not my best decision but I was very determined.

I did my hair, makeup and had high expectations that I was going get the captain’s position on the majorette squad. I knew I was good and I was ready to lead. One by one we all went up on the stage to perform our routines and as each girl went up my pain increased with more intensity. When I finally got up on the stage I was hoping my turn would go very fast but by this time the pain was so intense I knew I blew it. To my surprise and delight the band teacher was still very impressed with my routine and even though I didn’t make captain that day I was given the co-captain position. I was in pain but very ecstatic.

When my mom came home from work that night a lump had formed on my lower right abdomen so I decided to fess up and tell her about the pain. My parents took me to the doctor’s office and I was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. The doctor told my family that my appendix actually ruptured in his hand when he removed it from me. Wow God’s hand was really with me that day.

I probably shouldn’t have gone to tryouts that day but I’m glad it worked out the way it did because my perseverance gave me the opportunity to do something I loved. I didn’t want to let myself down and I didn’t want to let my team down.

Same holds true with my mission in blogging. I am not concerned with number of connections as I am with real connections. It’s important to me that my stories reach others and encourage and offer hope. I’m also very happy when others share their stories with my bloggers since we all have something to share and you just never know who’s reading and when or what will impact someone and bring them  hope.

I truly believe without HOPE we can’t stick to our goals. Ask yourself this question… Are you being genuine to your goals despite the perception of others? Or have you compromised your mission to write about what’s popular or trending? I hope you’re sticking to goals despite life’s complications.

 Power Versus – God’s Promises:

  • But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. (Isaiah 40:31)
  • And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Romans 5:5)
  • 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3: 21-24)

With love and God’s Blessings,

Dee Dee
Email Me: littledeet@yahoo.com
E-mail the techie behind the Chat With Dee Dee (Blog, Facebook & Twitter pages) who happens to be my daughter.

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WHY, I started My blog sharing My Cancer Survivor Story to Inspire & Help Others

We can live an abundant life despite our limitations
Colon Cancer Survivor’s Journey

I’m a Colorectal Cancer Survivor and blogger.

I was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer almost 24 years ago and at that time I couldn’t find help. Now I’m using my survivor story to advocate for Early Testing and to help others.

 

WHY, I started my blog sharing my healthy story for two reasons:

First, To come alongside other cancer survivors and family members as an outreach to be there for those going through cancer treatment and after care. Please visit and share (https://chatwithdeedee.wordpress.com/about/)  my blog with others who may have colorectal cancer or similar.

Second, To bring awareness and advocate for testing and early diagnosis of colorectal cancer. By sharing my health story and life lessons I hope others will be compelled to take action. 

MISSION, A key part of my mission as an advocate is to share resources I discover especially for colorectal cancer survivors and other digestive diseases (IBD, Crohn’s Disease), those with neuropathy, lymphedema and other cancer survivors and families.

 Featured Resource March 2011, I’m currently highlighting a group offering a HAND UP to ostomates that have no insurance or are under insured. I discovered the Osto Group, a non-profit organization helping people who experience financial strains to continue to order their medical supplies. One person shared, “When we lost insurance coverage, we felt we were lost. Also, there isn’t an extra $200/mo. in our budget. I haven’t been able to find any meaningful employment for more than 12 months.” These unfortunate ones actually use common household supplies and tape in place of ostomy supplies!  That sounds bad, doesn’t it? Well this is reality for some. (summarized from a testimonial letter written to Osto Group). 

The women running this group are so dedicated to helping others in need. They have been serving patients Nationwide in the ostomate community since May, 2008; providing ostomy supplies to for those who do not have medical insurance or their insurance doesn’t cover their supplies. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get better acquainted by speaking with three wonderful women that run this non-profit group. They’ve shared with us that while they’ve never advertised or self-promoted, never have they been at a loss for donations or patient’s in need. I was so touched by their efforts that I am compelled to share, and hopefully spread more awareness about all that their doing to help others. 

Donations from the kindness and generosity of people like you!

Featured Resource March 2011, The women running this group are so dedicated to helping others in need. They have been serving patients Nationwide in the ostomate community since May, 2008; providing ostomy supplies to for those who do not have medical insurance or their insurance doesn’t cover their supplies. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get better acquainted by speaking with three wonderful women that run this non-profit group. They’ve shared with us that while they’ve never advertised or self-promoted, never have they been at a loss for donations or patient’s in need. I was so touched by their efforts that I am compelled to share, and hopefully spread more awareness about all that their doing to help others. 


Financial Donations
:
YES! I would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help Osto Group bring ostomy medical  supplies to uninsured Nationwide. 

__ $5  __ $10 __ $25  __ $50 __ $100  __ Other amount: $______

You may make checks payable to Osto Group, 4521 PGA Blvd #228, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418-3997 P: 877-678-6690. Since the Osto Group is a 501(c)(3) organization they will provide a receipt for each donation for tax purposes. 

 _ I prefer to donate Ostomy Medical supplies. Please call me at this number CALL 877-678-6690  or MAIL OSTOMY SUPPLY DONATIONS TO: Osto Group, 15070 Corporate Rd. N., Jupiter, FL 33478.  

Prayer, we ask that you lift this group up in your prayers so they can continue to bless others.

 

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What if you lose your insurance and can’t afford ostomy supplies: CALL TO ACTION

What if you lose your insurance and can’t afford ostomy supplies: CALL TO ACTION
 

I’m writing to you today to advocate for prevention of colon cancer and to bring awareness about an organization that is giving back to others in a big way.

Why would you want to respond to this call to action?

Because Ostomy Supplies are a necessity for living not a luxury.

Osto Group Mission: To meet the needs of those who have fallen on hard times by providing them with quality supplies and the necessities for living. In the course of accomplishing this task, we will never diminish the value of a person or the potential that they hold. No one will ever be turned away!
877-678-6690


 

 A HAND UP NOT A HAND OUT FOR OSTOMY PATIENTS’ NATIONWIDE


Often treatment of colorectal cancer will warrant a temporary or permanent colostomy/ileostomy (an ostomy is a surgical opening to the intestines) which requires a wide range of medical supplies. Ostomy supplies are not a choice; you can’t live without them and the monthly expenses are in the hundreds. With the difficult state of the economy and many people facing job loss and lack of insurance it makes me wonder how ostomy patients are purchasing their supplies. Thanks to this wonderful group of women running the ‘Osto Group’ a non-profit organization that offers ostomy supplies to patients nationwide for those who do not have medical insurance or their insurance doesn’t cover their supplies. One person shared, “When we lost insurance coverage, we felt we were lost. Also, there isn’t an extra $200/mo. in our budget. I haven’t been able to find any meaningful employment for more than 12 months. These unfortunate ones actually use common household supplies and tape in place of ostomy supplies! That sounds bad, doesn’t it? Well this is reality for some”. (Summarized from a testimonial letter written to Osto Group).
HOW CAN YOU HELP THE OSTO GROUP?
1.PRAYER: First we ask for your prayers for the Osto Group so that they can continue to provide this

 

Donations from the kindness and generosity of people like you!

Ostomy Donations from the kindness and generosity of people like you!

needed support to ostomates  in the United States who do not have insurance or have insufficient insurance which does not cover their ostomy supplies

 

2. OSTOMY DONATIONS: Osto Group, 15070 Corporate Rd. N, Jupiter, FL 33478
The following items are what Osto Group is looking for in the way of donated material:
  • Hollister Products – Wafers and Pouches – Skin barriers, cleansers and wipes, M – 9.
  • Convatec Products – Wafers and Pouches – Please label with Manufacturers part number if they are out of their box if you can. Skin barriers, Eakin Seals and Stoma Paste.
  • Coloplast Products – Wafers and Pouches – Urostomy Pouches.
  • Nu Hope or any brand of ostomy product, tail closures, sponges, wipes, scissors, bandages, as long as these are packaged intact and in good condition.

 


3. FINANCIAL DONATIONS: $5, $10 and up no donation is too small!
Osto Group, corporate office 4521 PGA Blvd #228, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418-3997. Questions Call The Osto Group: 877-678-6690. Since the Osto Group is a 501(c)(3) organization they will provide a receipt for each donation for tax purposes.
 
4. SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF THE OSTO GROUP (http://www.ostogroup.org/ 877-678-6690). 
 
Thank you for all of your support.

 

 

 

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I Share My Health Story Because Early Detection Can Save a Life, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Over 23 years ago I was diagnosed with Colon/Rectum Cancer.  What started as a simple polyp, turned out to be cancer, and was later removed , leaving me with an irreversible colostomy which eventually lead to an ileostomy. My doctor told me if I would have only come to him when the symptoms first occurred he could have removed the polyp and we would have avoided all the rest. That’s why I decided to start this blog, to advocate for early testing and prevention. Another passion of mine is a helping people and organizations in the ostomate community.


Call to Action for Ostomates Nationwide
When I discovered the Osto Group, a non-profit organization, I was amazed that there is  a group like this helping people who experience financial strains to continue to order their medical supplies. Through my blogging and outreach ministry, I have come across a number of people sharing what they are doing daily without ostomy supplies, since they can no longer afford to buy them having lost a job or medical insurance. One person shared, “When we lost insurance coverage, we felt we were lost. Also, there isn’t an extra $200/mo. in our budget. I haven’t been able to find any meaningful employment for more than 12 months.” These unfortunate ones actually use common household supplies and tape in place of ostomy supplies!  That sounds bad, doesn’t it? Well this is reality for some. (summarized from a testimonial letter written to Osto Group).

The women running this group are so dedicated to helping others in need. They have been serving patients Nationwide in the ostomate community since May, 2008; providing ostomy supplies to for those who do not have medical insurance or their insurance doesn’t cover their supplies. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get better acquainted by speaking with three wonderful women that run this non-profit group. They’ve shared with us that while they’ve never advertised or self-promoted, never have they been at a loss for donations or patient’s in need. I was so touched by their efforts that I am compelled to share, and hopefully spread more awareness about all that their doing to help others. 

While financial contributions are always welcomed, the Osto Group also accepts ostomy supplies from patients for which they no longer have a need.   877-678-6690  



Ostomy Donations: Osto Group, 15070 Corporate Rd. N., Jupiter, FL 33478
Financial Donations to their corporate office: Osto Group, 4521 PGA Blvd #228, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418-3997 P: 877-678-6690. Since the Osto Group is a 501(c)(3) organization they will provide a receipt for each donation for tax purposes.  

Osto Group Testimonials

·        Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 11:41 PM Subject: [General Information] Thank you! Hello,I am a new customer who has insurance, but my insurance does not cover ostomy supplies. I just wanted to say thank you so much for what you are doing. I am 26 years old with an ostomy, and my husband and I have a 10 month old son. Due to health problems I had not worked in 3 years and just recently went back to work part time. Obviously we have a very tight budget, and when I found out about you guys I praised the Lord, because He has used you to meet my needs! Ostomy supplies are SO expensive, especially when you pay out of pocket. If I ever get this ostomy reversed I will donate any left over supplies to you guys. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.Sincerely, Kimberly Long

  • Sent: Friday, January 28, 2011 12:53 PMSubject: Thank You Thank you for your prompt delivery of the Adapt Barrier Rings I ordered recently.  This was my first order since having Ostomy surgery.  I am very thankful for the assistance you provide to myself and others who have fallen on hard times.  It is difficult to find words to show my gratitude for your help in obtaining affordable supplies that I must have to function since my surgery.  Regards, Greg Click 
  • Sent: Friday, July 16, 2010 10:26 AMSubject: [General Information] thank you I wanted to write a note saying THANK YOU for helping me with my medical supplies. I can’t begin to tell you how it feels to finally get some sort of help. I am going to be able to change my ostomy wafers etc. and take care of my stoma when I need to thanks to you kind people. My words are not able to convy the grattitude I have for your fine group but I had to at least attempt to let you know how valuable and desperately needed your assistance can be to someone doing daily battle with Crohn’s Disease.yours truly,kenny Lucano
  • Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 4:18 PMSubject: Testimonial I just wanted to say thank you for Osto Group! I was recently laid off from my job and I am still not working. Buying ostomy supplies are  a very expensive but necessary expense. I am extremly thankful that I can order my supplies thru Osto Group at a much lower price but and continue to use the same products just at a lower cost. I placed an order on Thursday and I received it on Monday! Again, I am very thankful for Osto Group and hope you will always be around to help us ostomy users! 
  • Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2011 12:09 PMSubject: Testimonials I had ileostomy surgery about five years ago.  I had insurance to cover the cost but was unable to continue the coverage shortly afterward.  Trying to pay full price for all the supplies was very expensive and stressful. I was given information about Osto Group by the supply company and found the items that I require at a drastically reduced price.  My husband recently lost his job and insurance coverage is not an option any time soon. If I need to buy my supplies at full cost, there will be other needed expenses that will have to be sacrificed. Through Osto Group and their donations my supply expense is more manageable and less stressful.  Thank you for all you do to continue to provide this service.Heidi Tobash 
  • Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 7:44 PMSubject: [General Information] Thank YouI would like to say thank you to the people at Osto Group and all those whodonate the supplies.Without your help I don’t know what I would do after all colostomy supplies are not something that you can do without or reuse. I don’t have any insurance, I receive a very small SS check and right now I can not work and my husband has been laid off. We are both over 60 and live in rural area of Louisiana so Jobs are few and far between. Therefor without your help I would be in a real pickle. Again let me say Thank YouNancy
  • Sent: Monday, June 29, 2009 9:09 PMSubject: [General Information] note of thanksi just want to say thank you so much. you all are a blessing and a god send; without you and your help i would have had to use the same bags over and over and sometimes i would have to stay in the house with a towel over my stoma cause i didnt have any supplies and when i asked for help from my state they always turned me down i even lost my job cause i did not have any supplies but thanks to your program i have no more worries about where im going to get my next shipment of supplies and when i get back on my feet and find a job i am going to help you so you can keep up the good work of helping other people thank you from the bottom of my heart and god bless all of you. 
  • Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 1:33 PMrhwoody sent a message using the contact form atI truly appreciate everything you are doing to help people with needs. I am so grateful I found your website and you have the supplies I need. It is taking a great deal of stress off my shoulders.Thank you very very much.Richard
  • Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 6:08 PMTo Whom It May Concern: I am a 50 year old woman who had worked full time from the age of 17 until I turned 48. I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease while in my early 20’s. For the first 3-4 years my Crohn’s was in remission after a brief treatment regimen. Then I was in an auto accident and ever since that time my Crohn’s has been very active and for the most part non responsive to treatments that were available. Despite all of the surgeries that I have been through I continued to work and always had health insurance. Then I lost my job due to a declining economy and was all of a sudden an uninsured American. I began developing hernias and have had to undergo 18 hernia surgeries in the last 3.5 years. With no insurance I am responsible for all of those medical bills and I expect I will be paying until the day I pass. Through friends and family  I became aware of the Osto Group. I can tell you that I have been blessed by finding this group and being able to order my Ostomy supplies from them. The entire staff is always professional and they don’t judge me or assume that I am just someone who doesn’t want to work. I would otherwise have to choose between medical supplies and food. Ordering from them keeps me from having to make this decision. Unfortunately, in this country you have to be out of work for 2.5 years before you can get medicare if you are under a certain age (and provided you have been approved for Disb in the first place ) and on the flip side most insurance companies have pre-existing clauses and premiums that people in my situation usually cannot afford and so we go without insurance. The ladies at Osto Group provide a service that is vital to those of us cannot get help anywhere else. Every month when I order my supplies I hang up the phone thanking God for allowing me to find  the Osto Group. I truly do not know what I would do without them and I know that eventually I will get my medicare and will have to stop using their services but I can promise you this: there will be plenty of people behind me who be as blessed to have their services available as I have been. I would like to add a personal thank you to Barbara and her entire staff for being so wonderful to me. You ladies are like guardian angels and we could use a lot more of you in this world. Respectfully, Bette SmithEllendale, DE
  •  Sent: Friday, February 18, 2011 6:29 PM Subject: A blessingIn 2003 I had surgery for colon cancer and it left me with a colostomy. Two attempted re-sections failed and I was thankful to have health insurance at that time to pay for the needed supplies.  In 2008 my job played out and I was left without steady income and no health insurance. I contacted the major suppliers and manufacturers of ostomy products and they all told me they gave reduced rates for those with no health insurance but I was with almost no income at all and could not even afford that. At that time I was buying a wafer at a time from a medical supply store that was willing to work with me and washing out pouches and re-using them over and over again. Finally, I contacted Hollister yet again and they told me about Ostogroup. Since ordering from Ostogroup I have had greater peace of mind because they offer items at prices I can afford. I am very thankful for this venue for helping those who have need of ostomy supplies.I believe in what Ostogroup is doing. I have contributed unneeded supplies to their organization. I wanted to bless others the way Ostogroup has blessed me.Thank you. C. Wendell Ross
 

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Part 6: Refusing to Quit – Colon Cancer Survivors are Fighters!

the God of the valley is the God of the Mountain

Some of the most important things I can share with you about my survival story is my fight to beat colon cancer and how it begins with our minds and hearts. The battles that we often come across in life are not easy, but life is such a gift. My mom was a dear woman and she taught me we had to fight and be strong. She use to say to me yes you have cancer but you must now pull yourself up by your bra straps and be strong and get well to take care of your children. My mom did worry for me but she wanted me to fight so that is the lesson she gave me that really stuck.

I know my drive and perseverance to fight was what helped me thank the Lord. You must make an active choice to fight for your life as I did. I often cry out to the Lord and especially when we are going through a very tough time it’s difficult to pray or think of scriptures but I would remember and want to share with you that the Lord refuses to quit on us. When we are too weak to pray the Holy Spirit intercedes with God’s will on our behalf (Rom. 8:26-27). That comforts me immensely and I hope that it will comfort you too.

I try to look at things with a grateful heart and know that life is so precious and I am truly grateful for the mercy of God. It’s easier to praise God when things are up and positive but the God of the valley is the same God of the mountaintop. Life may bring us through the valleys but He always brings us back to the mountaintop if we let Him.

After all I’ve been through I realize I had to go through the valley to stand upon the mountain with God.

If you are feeling or experiencing something similar, I’d love to hear from you. I didn’t have anyone who could relate to me at the time and I don’t want that for you.  Please send me an email or reach out to me via Facebook or Twitter.

Love and God’s Blessings,

Dee Dee

 

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