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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.

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...


Patient Story: Pierre

Recently, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Pierre, who was diagnosed with early-age onset colorectal cancer (EAO CRC) during the pandemic. He shared a little bit about himself and his diagnosis and treatment experiences. We hope that sharing Pierre’s story can continue to raise awareness about EAO CRC and the importance of taking your symptoms ser...


Patient Story: Meagan

I was diagnosed at 29. I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter and my toddler son was 16 months old at the time. During my pregnancy I was being monitored for high blood pressure that started during my pregnancy. During a routine blood test my liver enzymes were elevated, my OB, internist and doctor at the hospital were afraid I had preeclampsia and was suffering from atypical...


Patient Story: Stephen

My name is Stephen. Thank you for allowing me to tell you my story. Up until January 10th of last year, I was feeling just fine. I was a 29-year-old self-employed General Contractor married to my beautiful wife Angela with our two beautiful daughters; Skylar who was turning 6 and Sloan who was turning 2 at the time. We were excited for what the New Year was going ...