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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.

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 ...


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...


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...


Gurvinder Garcha, Cancer Survivor

In the year 2000, my Mom’s world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer at the young age of 34. At the time of her diagnosis, she was a young vibrant mother of three kids, aged 8, 10, and 11. At a time when her life was full of uncertainties, the only certainty was that she had to fight for her life, for her kids. The courage, bravery and resilienc...


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 been diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at the age of 41. Since I was the third parent at that school to be diagnosed under the recommended screening age, I thought why not start there with my outreach. I had a family history of the disease and did not know, and one of my close friends had died of t...