Cristin, Director of Ambassadors
Location: Iowa, USA
My name is Cristin, my sister Michon was diagnosed with stomach cancer in July of 2013, and although several years have passed since she was diagnosed I can remember it like it was yesterday. Her calls from the Urgent Care thinking her gallbladder needed to be removed to the day my dad told me she had cancer. My sister endured an uphill fight with her cancer until she passed the following July of 2014. Since her diagnosis and her death our family has been forever altered. As an Ambassador I look forward to sharing the message of Project Periwinkle and knowing that we will be providing support to families that find themselves in the same situation that mine did.
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
My mother, Tinamarie (pictured) was just 54 years young when she was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I was 22 at the time, had just graduated nursing school, with a little sister still in high school, along with an older brother. It was March 15, 2018 when we got the news- gastroesophogeal adenocarcinoma- our hearts sank. This was a cancer that we had never even heard of- “who the heck gets stomach cancer?” we all thought.
The battleground was laid out and her oncologist came up with a plan- chemo, radiation, then removal of her stomach- “Don’t worry too much, Tina, we’re fighting for a cure here”. In April my warrior of a mother underwent chemo and radiation, as planned, and finished it June 15, 2018. In July we came to realize that we weren’t just fighting for a cure- but for her life. On August 5, 2018- less than 5 months after her diagnosis, my beautiful mother joined her parents in Heaven, after a VERY hard fought battle.
I have decided to become an ambassador to make this horrible disease, that is too often underestimated, and overlooked, better known- to help parents to live long enough to grow old with not only their own kids, but with their grandkids. Raising awareness for stomach cancer and project periwinkle has become a huge part of my life and I am always open to talk about people’s personal or family struggles with this disease.