Living An Active Life With An Ostomy; With Colorectal Cancer Survivor Doug Dallmann - WE Have Cancer
Living An Active Life With An Ostomy; With Colorectal Cancer Survivor Doug Dallmann
Doug Dallmann leads a very active life despite his ostomy. That wasn't always the case; however. When he awoke from his surgery for stage 3 colorectal cancer in 2010 he was devastated to learn he was left with a permanent ostomy. He was "filled with anxiety, depression and uncertainty."
Adjusting to life as an ostomate took time, but within a few months he achieved his goal of completing a 100-mile century bike ride.
During our interview we covered:
- Why he wanted to take on the physical challenge of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and the unique challenges doing so with an ostomy.
- The emotional challenge of accepting his ostomy and how he moved from "denial" to embracing his new life.
- Navigating the social and dating scene with an ostomy.
- Why he decided to compete in a body-building competition.
- What's next for him on his list of adventures.
Connect with Doug
His story featured on the Colon Cancer Coalition website: https://coloncancercoalition.org/2018/10/06/an-ostomy-life-unlimited/
On Instagram - https://instagram.com/pacnwtrekker
On Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/doug.dallmann
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Providing information, inspiration and hope to those touched by cancer.
Each year more than 12 million people will hear the devastating words "you have cancer."
In each episode of WE Have Cancer we share the stories of patients, survivors, caregivers and medical professionals as a way to provide information, inspiration and hope to those touched by cancer.
The host, Lee Silverstein, is a survivor of a rare form of pediatric kidney cancer and has been battling stage 4 colon cancer since 2011.
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Lee & Linda Silverstein
In 2011, just four months after they began dating, Lee was diagnosed with Stage 2 colon cancer. A year and a half later, 17 days after their honeymoon, they learned that Lee’s cancer had spread to his liver; he was now Stage 4. Through numerous surgeries, chemotherapy infusions and assorted other treatments, Linda has been by his side. Despite cancer, Lee and Linda say unequivocally these have been the best years of their lives.
In 2015 Lee launched this podcast as a way to provide information, inspiration and hope to those affected by cancer.
Lee and Linda live in Florida with their Westie Terrier, Fergie.
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