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TELLING YOUR PERSONAL STORY

Remember 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.

Becky Cassidy’s Story

“You have cancer.” To me, when it’s regarding my own health, those words sit at the top of the list of “worst possible words to hear from your doctor”. Especially when you are a mother of 3 kids, just had a c-section 4 months ago and are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Yuck. In February 2020, almost a year after my second child was born, I went to the Hospital in Este...

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Claudia Pavao: early age onset colorectal cancer and Lynch syndrome survivor

Claudia was diagnosed with early age onset colorectal cancer and Lynch syndrome at 33. We had the chance to interview Claudia to learn more about her experience, including some of the positives that came from her cancer journey. 1. Can you talk about your experience with colorectal cancer? When I was pregnan...

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Lisa Blobstein’s story

It has been 10 years since my husband Steve Lisiak lost his incredibly brave battle to colon cancer. He was just 38 with no family history of the disease. We were parents of our then 17-month-old beautiful little boy AJ and we were so looking forward to a beautiful life together. It started about 4 months after we had AJ. My husband complained...

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Connie Pickett: Living with LARs

The whole cancer experience really challenged me - mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Through it all I’ve worked hard to keep a positive mindset, ro...

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Patient Story: Stephanie Budgell

Hi, I’m Stephanie Budgell, a colorectal cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in March 2020 at the age of 35. You could say before my diagnosis I was living my best life: married to a loving husband, raising two kids aged 2 and 4, mid-career, and what I thought was the healthiest time in my life. As a mom with two young children, I was either pregnant or breastfeeding for ...

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