Laura's story: I'm forming a support group


We never know the turns our life will take or where our journey will lead us….but one thing I know for sure…EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON. My name is Laura Lagerstrom. I am a wife, a mother of four children, a friend to many, a nurse, a yoga teacher and so the list could go on. Never did I expect colon cancer survivor to be on that list. But it is and I am.

My roller coaster ride with colon cancer began in April, 2011 (Stage llla). It started with an emergency surgery, a surprise diagnosis post-op, six months of chemo and the journey continues with a myriad of residual effects, both physical and emotional. Never a ride I expected to take (not to mention drag my family along with me). With the love, kindness and support of my family, friends and many people who I thought were strangers (but turned out to be anything but), I am here today.

It was a wakeup call. And now it is my time to give back. I hope through the Colon Cancer Prevention Project's Colon Cancer Support Group, we can come together with a purpose to learn, share and support each other. By allowing time and space to discover new resources that may enhance our quality of life, give and receive support from others with similar stories, and potentially learn new strategies to cope with the limits we’ve got, we can affect positive and meaningful changes in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

Our first meeting is Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Panera Bread 6221 Dutchman’s Lane, Louisville, KY 40205. Please come with topics you’d like addressed in future meetings. Hope to see you there!


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