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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: 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...


Caregiver Story: Bunnie Schwartz

When I was 35 years old my sister was 45. She was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer. She was married and had three children. We spent just under two years looking after her as she underwent two surgeries and many chemotherapies. We travelled to New York for a second opinion and went to Texas for experimental treatment for 6 weeks. She was bed ridden and it was a very ...


Patient Story: Dan

My name is Dan Dry Dock Shockley, 60 years of age, retired U.S. Navy, Operation Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom veteran and 9 year hereditary colon cancer WARRIOR. In May 2012 my first and only colonoscopy, at the age of 51, results revealed 100 polyps throughout my colon, rectum and anus. I underwent germline DNA testing which would lead to the diagnosi...