TELLING YOUR PERSONAL STORYRemember to craft your personal story by writing it down.Capturing all your thoughts and feelings is fundamental to your advocacy activities as this will be what connects you to the listener and humanizes the issues you bring forward. To learn more about how to develop your personal story, please review Telling Your Personal Story: A How-To Guide.
Awareness is the best medicine I remember many things from my battle with colorectal cancer, but one thing that stands out is people looking at me with pity, asking how I recognized the signs. The day before my diagnosis, I would have looked at someone the same way and asked the same questions. How did I know? I didn’t exactly. I felt the changes in m...CONTINUE READING
April 2023 My story goes back to the start of 2000 when I made a radical life change. I decided to leave my urban life where I was running a small graphic design and advertising company. A 180-degree turn led me to go live in the forest in Haute Mauricie, Quebec and start a new life living among nature. The fact that I was in exceptional health at the time made things ea...CONTINUE READING
We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Hanna Lengkeek, a stage III rectal cancer survivor. She was inspired to share her story with the Colorectal Cancer Canada community after hearing CTV news anchor Jocelyn Laidlaw speak about her own colorectal cancer diagnosis. Hanna currently lives in Chilliwack, BC with her husband Art and is actively involved in various volunt...CONTINUE READING
At 41 years old, I was relatively young, healthy, and enjoying time with my young family. My children were 5 and 8 years old. In the spring of 2022 we were planning our next adventures: a trip to Disneyland and camping trips throughout Alberta. In late April I experienced bloody stools, an alarming symptom which I knew not to ignore. With hindsight, I can also say I was ...CONTINUE READING
Coping with the impact of cancer on your mental health: Lisa Martin’s story
Lisa Martin is a stage II colorectal cancer survivor and a passionate advocate for mental health and well-being. In this video, she talks about how colorectal cancer affected her mental health, and how she approached her journey to recovery. ...CONTINUE READING