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Reflecting on The FORCE Cancer Conference 2024

FORCE Cancer - or Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered - is an amazing organization, and I was so grateful to be able to attend its annual conference in June. The experience left me feeling not only supported but also energized.  


8 people with their hands in for support - my force cancer conference recap


FORCE Cancer 


FORCE’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families facing hereditary breast, ovarian, pancreatic, colorectal, and endometrial cancers. They do this through education, support, advocacy, and research efforts. 


Their website is a wealth of information ranging from research to cancer news, to individuals sharing their own personal stories. And in addition to the annual conference, their support programs include a helpline, private Facebook group, message boards, and support meetings! FORCE is truly an incredible resource for those living with a hereditary risk of cancer. You can learn about the organization and its programs at www.facingourrisk.org/.  


Annual Conference Recap


The annual conference took place in mid-June. I really took a lot away from it and I definitely recommend it - so keep an eye out for next year’s event! 


Most of the people who attended have some form of genetic mutation that predisposes them to cancer. Many have had cancer and some are previvors who are trying to make sense of what this diagnosis means for them and how to best protect themselves from getting cancer. 


Living with a genetic issue is challenging and isolating. Most of the time, I feel very alone with my Lynch syndrome diagnosis. I know only one or two other people who have it. Being in a group of people who all have genetic issues was the first time I have not felt “alone” in my journey.


I was energized by the other people and hearing about others’ experiences. I left the conference feeling more resolved to continue to advocate for people; myself and others. 


Cancer Coach


If you are living with a cancer diagnosis and looking for support, I encourage you to reach out to me when you are ready. As a cancer survivor myself, I know firsthand all of the ways that your life changes, and I love being able to support people on their journey. 

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