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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.

Kathy Torunski’s Story

I recently had the distinct pleasure of attending the Brice Tiamuh Blue Ribbon Gala in Ottawa at which time I was given the opportunity to share my involvement with Colorectal Cancer Canada. Although I could regale you with the details of this wonderful evening, I want to share with you how CCC has impacted my life. My story is one of awareness, support, ...



It was the summer of 2009 and I was only 21 years old...My mother, who was in her 50’s at the time, went to see her doctor for a routine colonoscopy. As my mother and I are extremely close, I decided to come to the appointment with her for moral support. Soon after, the doctor asked us to come in for the results.Sitting in the doctor’s ...


Paul Smeltzer

When I was 49 years old, I conducted the FIT (fecal) test as instructed by my GP during my annual physical. Though I was younger than the recommended age of 50 and did not have a family history of colorectal cancer or any symptoms, my doctor pushed the test so that I got it done. It came back positive and he advised me to have a colonoscopy. During this pr...


Mary Devera

I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at a young age – 36 years old and 8 months postpartum – and this disease has impacted so many aspects of my life. Physically, I went through grueling treatment including 5 weeks of radiation, 2 surgeries, an ileostomy, and 4 months of chemotherapy. These treatments were hard on the cancer (and I wanted them to be) b...


A Wife’s Worst Fear Realized – Gilda’s Story

Hi, my name is Gilda. Our story starts out like many others who are diagnosed with Colorectal cancer. Over a year ago, my husband Domenic noticed some blood in his stool and was a bit concerned but as it only happened once, he brushed it off and didn't mention it to anyone. A year later, the same happened, but it was more than once, and the concern went fr...