TELLING YOUR PERSONAL STORYCapturing 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.
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...CONTINUE READING
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...CONTINUE READING
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...CONTINUE READING
I am grateful. I am grateful for the storm and I am grateful for all the moments I’ve had since my cancer diagnosis February 2019. It's hard to believe that it's been over a year since the day that changed me forever. I’m incredibly thankful to my husband, my children, family, friends, colleagues, work family, community and medical professionals who conti...CONTINUE READING
My story begins when I was 30 years old. I had started directing theatre a couple of years prior, I was producing and directing my first film, and I was starting a family. Basically, my life was “on track” and a brand-new career path was revealed which I was excited to pursue. Everything changed in January of 2011. ...CONTINUE READING