I am a Stage IV colon cancer patient (diagnosed in February of 2019 at the age of 52 after a routine colonoscopy). Upon my diagnosis, I desperately searched for information online about my disease and wanted to join a support group where I could connect with fellow patients and find hope. In March of 2019, I joined COLONTOWN, where I’ve met many amazing people who continually offer words of encouragement, share information, and who understand the day-to-day struggles of cancer. Through the various COLONTOWN neighborhoods I belong to, I have also gained a better understanding of my disease, different treatment options, and how to search for clinical trials. COLONTOWN has empowered me to confidently be my own advocate while navigating my disease.
I was so impressed with COLONTOWN that I wanted to deepen my involvement in order to help others, so I attended the virtual Empowered Patient Leadership program in the summer of 2021. I am now an Admin for TOM’S RAS CLINIC and LUNGSTON neighborhoods. Additionally, I recently took on the role of Community Leader for TOM’S SCIENCE & TRIALS SCHOOL. My goal is to make a difference in someone else’s life by giving back to the COLONTOWN community that has provided me with much needed connections, support, and education. Thank you for the opportunity to support COLONTOWN and its members.