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Posts by Joanna K. Stimmel

Patient, Colorectal Cancer

My name is Joanna. I’m a Los Angeles-based wife and mother, a college professor, a chef and baker, a skincare formulator, a gardener, a survivor and thriver. Following a colorectal cancer diagnosis five years ago, I did what I knew best: research. I devoted all my time to studying how I can improve my chances at survival and recovery, and how to transform my lifestyle into one that would lead to optimal health and wellness. I discovered that I had to implement multiple strategies to optimize my diet, detoxify my skincare, and clean up my environment. Now it is time to utilize my second best skill: teaching. I want to share what I’ve learned, how I changed my old habits and how I improved my lifestyle the best way I knew. Sharing this knowledge is what this blog is all about – check it out here:

Patient Information and Self-Advocacy

by Joanna K. Stimmel April 6, 2020

About a year and half after the birth of my second child, I started noticing some blood in my stool. I was otherwise super healthy, I had recently switched to veganism and become an avid exerciser, and in result (or so I thought) lost all the baby weight and felt generally better than at any other point of time in my entire life.