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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.

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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Patient Story: Bryna Dilman

My day started as it always did: I was woken up by my five year old daughter who wanted to come and snuggle in bed. It’s a wonderful way to start the day, and I was in good spirits when I went downstairs to start breakfast and get ready for the day. It was after I had eaten, had my coffee, and set up my computer for work that I stepped into the bathroom to brush my teeth, d...

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Patient Story: Haydn

Hi, my name is Haydn Bechthold and I’m a 22-year-old who is currently fighting stage III colorectal cancer. Prior to my diagnosis I was pursuing a career in professional soccer while I continued my post-graduate studies. In my soccer career so far, I’ve had the chance to play for soccer teams in countries such as Spain, England, the United-States, Estonia, and Canada. I was als...

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