Stories of Hope
The following people in our community have risen to the challenge placed before them and become survivors. Survivors who have beaten cancer and vowed to rebuild, and have become champions. Champions who understand the daunting path hereditary colon cancer presents and says, "Is that all you got? ...Bring it!"
After being misdiagnosed with hemorrhoids at age 30, six years later Jon was diagnosed with Stage III Colon Cancer and F.A.P. The focal point of his fight - watching his kids grow up and growing old with his wife. The vehicle for that fight - competitive mountain biking. For him, he is literally "riding away from cancer.
Alyssa grew up watching the effects of F.A.P. on her family and is writing a hope-inspiring blog, and e-book, about her experiences. Entitled "Learning to Live by Defying the Odds", the very basis of her memoirs and the message she shares is to highlight the positive ways living with F.A.P. has affected her life!
How does an Army Ranger respond when told that cancer, spread from throat to rectum, was the worst his doctor had ever seen? "I broke another record. Cool...let's do this." Read why surviving cancer and dealing with the day-to-day struggles of F.A.P. is not that big of a deal for Eric Charsky.
Jennifer knows the ups and down that go along with chronic illness. After a series of misdiagnoses and multiple surgeries, the cold grasp of depression began to grab a firm hold. Read what happened when she decided enough was enough and united her three passions, family, photography, and Facebook, to make a positive change in her life.
Just before she was to begin her new career, a cancer diagnosis, followed by a proctocolectomy and three months with a leaking ostomy, forced her to pass on the job she was so excited to start. Read how and why Dakota, creator of FAPulous TV, became a patient advocate and is creating resources for young people living with FAP and other chronic illnesses.