Sarah DeBord

Sarah DeBord was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer at age 34. In the years since, she has turned her diagnosis into a calling, and become an advocate for other young adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer and parents with young families facing cancer. She works as a communications and program manager for the Minneapolis-based Colon Cancer Coalition , volunteers her time with the online patient-led support community COLONTOWN , and blogs about her often adventurous experiences of living with chronic cancer at

Donating My Body After Cancer: My Final Gift to the Science that Saved Me

August 28, 2019

Aside from controlling what happens leading up to my death, I've given a lot of thought and put the wheels in motion for what will happen to me after I die.

Back to School: Talking to Teachers about Your Cancer

August 22, 2019

To tell or not to tell? That is a question I ask myself at the start of every school year. Do I tell my children's teachers I have cancer?

Lessons Learned in My Search for a Metastatic Cancer Clinical Trial

July 11, 2019

The search for a clinical trial would turn out to be my most daunting mission yet as a patient with cancer. Here are five important lessons I've learned throughout my search.

The Deluxe Car Wash of Genomic Testing

July 04, 2019

A quick scroll through the list of clinical trials made it clear I didn't know enough about my tumor and the mutations that made it unique.

With Purpose Comes Peace

May 27, 2019

We have to find light in the darkness of cancer not just for ourselves, but for those that will come after us.

Sorry Princess Leia, but a Clinical Trial is My Only Hope

May 18, 2019

I have two perspectives as I look at clinical trials: as the patient needing one and as an advocate encouraging patients to enroll in them. But how can I encourage someone to do something that I personally find so frustrating?

Food Anxiety: How Cancer Changed the Way I Eat

April 30, 2019

Since being diagnosed with cancer, I can't walk into a grocery story without hearing B.B. King sing "The Thrill is Gone." My relationship with food changed, and I often wonder if we'll ever be able to fall in love again.

Dear Friend Who Thinks They're Helping

April 25, 2019

Another attempt to help by my friends only brought more work and stress to our home.

Financial Toxicity and the Young Adult Patient

April 06, 2019

The expenses of cancer far extend what is covered by insurance, and the damage it can do can forever alter the life of a young adult with cancer.

Being Cut Loose from Oncology

April 02, 2019

As much as patients look forward to the day they can ring the bell or hear they have no evidence of disease, it can also mean they will be sent out on their own to sort through life with the long-term damage of cancer.