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TELLING YOUR PERSONAL STORY

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: 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...

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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 ...

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Patient Story: Don McQuaig

The day will be etched in my memory forever. On February 28, 2006 after a routine colonoscopy my beloved husband Don was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer at the young age of 53. A very fit and active father of 4 daughters he was extra vigilant about his health...exercising 5 days a week, watching his diet, meditating and practicing moderation. He also had colonoscop...

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Patient Story: Henry Klumak

In early December 2016, Klumak was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic colorectal cancer that had spread to his liver. The diagnosis came as a complete shock. “I was a healthy 55-year-old accounting professional with my own firm, an active lifestyle, and a close-knit family.” Klumak had undergone multiple rounds of intense chemothera...

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Cancer Recurrence amid COVID-19: Robin’s Story

It was the day of the lockdown. My family doctor called. “The colorectal cancer is back in the pelvic sidewall,” she said, “the PET-CT lit up there.” She urged me to get to a hospital right away to get my CEA blood marker taken. When I got there, the clerk refused me, saying “we are closed indefinitely.” But standing behind her was one of my former patients. She tapped her c...

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