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Mary Devera

I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at a young age – 36 years old and 8 months postpartum – and this disease has impacted so many aspects of my life. Physically, I went through grueling treatment including 5 weeks of radiation, 2 surgeries, an ileostomy, and 4 months of chemotherapy. These treatments were hard on the cancer (and I wanted them to be) but they were also hard on my body and today, I live with the long-term effects of these, including early menopause from the radiation. The emotional impacts of colorectal cancer did not just hit me, they also hit my loved ones. I will never forget being hunched over the toilet, so sick after my first chemotherapy infusion, with my little girl watching. She was scared but she didn’t want to leave me and instead, kept handing me towels, water…whatever could help. There is more to share about my experiences but what’s more important is to share the importance of knowing one’s body and taking action when things don’t look “okay” down there.

Gurvinder Garcha, Cancer Survivor

In the year 2000, my Mom’s world was turned upside down when she was diagn [...]

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Anita’s Story: How Dress in Blue Day Began

In 2006 I started Dress in Blue Day at my children's k-8 school. I had bee [...]

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Caregiver Story: Bunnie Schwartz

When I was 35 years old my sister was 45. She was diagnosed with stage 4 c [...]

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Patient Story: Dan

My name is Dan Dry Dock Shockley, 60 years of age, retired U.S. Navy, Oper [...]

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Patient Story: Pierre

Recently, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Pierre, who was diagno [...]

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Patient Story: Meagan

I was diagnosed at 29. I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter and my tod [...]

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Patient Story: Stephen

My name is Stephen. Thank you for allowing me to tell you my story. Up [...]

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Patient Story: Don McQuaig

The day will be etched in my memory forever. On February 28, 2006 afte [...]

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Patient Story: Henry Klumak

In early December 2016, Klumak was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic colo [...]

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Cancer Recurrence amid COVID-19: Robin’s Story

It was the day of the lockdown. My family doctor called. “The colorectal c [...]

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Aneta’s Story

I am grateful. I am grateful for the storm and I am grateful for all the m [...]

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My Cancer Story: Annette Reilly

My story begins when I was 30 years old. I had started directing theatre a [...]

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A PASSION FOR CARE – by Robert Hamilton

The colonoscopy room seemed small when filled with bizarre equipment. My [...]

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Gemma’s Story

My name is Gemma (Filipino-Canadian). I have colorectal cancer, stage 3B [...]

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Kathy Torunski’s Story

I recently had the distinct pleasure of attending the Brice Tiamuh Blue R [...]

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VANESSA’S STORY

It was the summer of 2009 and I was only 21 years old...My mother, who was [...]

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Paul Smeltzer

When I was 49 years old, I conducted the FIT (fecal) test as instructed by [...]

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A Wife’s Worst Fear Realized – Gilda’s Story

Hi, my name is Gilda. Our story starts out like many others who are diagno [...]

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The Dark, Long and Winding Road…Dominic Loccisano’s Story

I would like to thank Colorectal Cancer Canada (CCC) for their ongoing hel [...]

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