Pillar 1: Knowing Your Issues Better than Anyone Else

You need to have a clear understanding of the issues you want to raise with the decision-makers you need to contact. The more focused your issues are, and the fewer of them you have, the more likely you are to be successful. And while you may need to make some choices about which matters to concentrate on (i.e. access to rehabilitation services, or access to medications), that is preferable to having too many issues covering a broad cross-section of concerns.

Demonstrate you know your issues and the core facts surrounding them, in order to establish credibility

Note: Kidney Cancer Canada can help you with any facts relating to kidney cancer.

Be able to discuss issues in the context of your personal story or experience. You may want to write out your personal story, if you can, or get help to put it down on paper. Whether you are a cancer survivor, caregiver, family member or friend, you have a unique story to tell about the issues and challenges faced from your perspective. Make sure you capture those thoughts and feelings

Ideally, if you are advocating to a politician, your examples will incorporate concerns from constituents or reflect their personal interests

Pillar 2: Position your issues

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