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Celebrating Survivor Week, With Darin Hosier

Darin Hosier

Celebrating Survivor Week, With Darin Hosier

From Michelle Kennedy,

Coach Darin Hosier was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in November 2012 and only days later he found himself in surgery as the doctors worked to remove the tumor pressing against his back. Darin had known that something was wrong for quite some time and when the pain became unbearable, Darin underwent testing where he was shocked to discover that he had stage 4 colon cancer.

Coach Darin’s message to everyone is simple, “Get a colonoscopy.” Colon cancer is a slow moving cancer. He most likely had cancer for 5 to 10 years before being diagnosed, but without a colonoscopy it could not be properly identified.

Since then Darin has undergone surgery and twelve rounds of chemotherapy.

Drawn to the sport by watching Dorothy Hamill, Coach Darin started skating when he was 10 years old and skated competitively for 10 years, earning himself a U.S.F.S. gold medal in figures and freestyle as well as a U.S.F.S. National medal. After completing his competitive career, he went on tour for a few years until he finally fell in love with Seattle, where he relocated and began his coaching career at the Highland Ice Arena in Shoreline, Washington.

Darin has been coaching at Highland for over twenty years and has coached elite skaters on national and international levels. Just days after his first surgery he boarded a plane for a major competition, just to be there for his students. He loves the sport and his students and has continued coaching even while receiving treatment.

“It’s part of my therapy. It’s part of my recovery. The more normalcy I have in my life, the better I feel.” Darin explained. Darin loves the process of coaching and comes up with innovative ways to teach his students. Known for being a hard worker with a positive attitude and warm personality, it is no wonder why so many are gathering to raise funds for his treatment.

When asked how he felt about the benefit being put on for him, he said, “It’s surreal, I keep thinking it’s for someone else,” he laughs. Darin explained that he is truly overwhelmed by the amount of support that he has received. He is so grateful for his best friend, Corrie Martin who is directing the benefit, the Highland Skating Club who put together the foundation, the Highland Ice Arena staff for being so supportive and the numerous people that have built webpages, Facebook pages and have contributed in so many ways. Darin seems the most touched by the number of his students who have poured out their love and support for him.

The ice skating community has truly rallied around him to give back after all that he has given to the skating world. In many ways Coach Darin sees himself as just a regular guy, who loves gliding across the ice and who is currently faced with adversity that is not meant to defeat him, but rather for him to overcome. It is clear through this foundation and this event, that Coach Darin is certainly not fighting this battle alone.

See Darin in action while he shares his story:

Coach Darin from Amir Zahed on Vimeo.


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Talking Medical Marijuana, With Dr. Laura Porter

Cil3sgGWUAABaZIIn this episode I spoke to Dr. Laura Porter, Patient Advocate and Medical adviser to the Colon Cancer Alliance.

“Medicinal marijuana use is currently legal in
23 states and the District of Columbia. As more states approve marijuana use for medical indications, physicians will be asked by their patients for more information regarding the risks and benefits of use.” JAMA Oncology, published online March 17, 2016. We agree, so we want to cut through the noise and provide information for those of you considering this complimentary treatment option or for those already using it
for issues like chronic pain or nausea.

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Interview With Colorectal Cancer Survivor, Elan

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Interview Colorectal Cancer Survivor, Elan

In this episode of The Colon Cancer Podcast, I interviewed Elan. Elan was diagnosed with rectal cancer at the age of 42. Now, N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease), he devotes his spare time to advocacy work and talks about the need for early screening:

“Primary care physicians still only ask if you had incidences of cancer in you family – but for colorectal cancer, more nuance is needed. In my case, my father had pre-cancerous (adenomatous) polyps in his 40s, which means I probably should have started screening in my mid 30s. Pre-cancerous polyps are actually stage 0 cancer – but nobody really asks these questions. Adult children need to be talking to their parents and know if their parents had pre-cancerous polyps, and what age they were found; then discuss this information with their primary care physicians to determine whether they need early screening.”

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