Why did you participate in the BC Generations Project?
I chose to take part in the BC Generations project to show my appreciation for the professional and compassionate care I received throughout my cancer journey and also with the hope that by my contribution to research someone else might be spared the trauma of this disease.
I wouldn’t want anyone else have to go through surgery and treatments if a simple test or visit to the doctor can prevent it.
In the last few years, have you made any changes to your lifestyle in the interest of cancer prevention?
Not really, except that I constantly battle my tendency to be overweight. I’ve had to make major changes in food choices because of the damaging effects of treatments (chemo and radiation). I am much more sensitive to subtle changes in my body – this prompts me to be more proactive in seeing my doctor.
Would you recommend participation in the BC Generations Project to others? If so, why?
Yes, I certainly would. As a survivor I feel it is close to a duty to my fellow human beings to help them be aware of the disease but also of any possible alternatives to getting it. I chose the message of testing and, hopefully, preventing colorectal cancer as a topic for one of my Toastmasters presentations. I was delighted to learn that two of our members made appointments with their doctors and were tested.
What do you feel you got out of participating in the project?
A renewed sense of appreciation for the excellent care and compassionate support I received from medical staff, doctors and support staff.
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