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Get a FREE copy of my book, Semicolon!

Review My Book Semicolon ThumbnailWatch this video to find out how to get a free copy of my book, Semicolon; Memoir of a Colon Cancer Survivorand help raise money for colon cancer research at the same time!

I’ll send you a free paperback edition or Kindle edition of the book. Heck, I’ll even pay the shipping cost to get the paperback to you if that’s the edition you choose! How can you beat that?

Watch this video to find out how to get yours now.

Is that a deal or what? If you’re willing to write a review of my book, Semicolon, and post it on Amazon.com I’ll send you a free copy of the book. Just email me at mark[at]marktarsenault[dot]com with your preference (paperback or Kindle edition), and be sure to include your physical mailing address if you choose the paperback version.

This offer is for a limited time, so don’t miss out. And thank you!


How I Quit Smoking

JMFS How I Quit SmokingI’ve been asked a lot of questions since first appearing in the Tips from Former Smokers PSA. I’ve been asked about my symptoms, about my book, whether I still have a colostomy bag, and a number of other questions.

One of the most common questions I’m asked is: “How did you quit smoking?”

In this video I reveal the secret to how I finally quit smoking and using all tobacco products. It’s not a “secret” at all, really. But for those who want to know, here it is. It’s a little longer than most of my videos because I expanded on three important points that contributed to my quitting (There’s also a reference to something I learned from Tony Robbins). Bear with me, however. I think it’ll be worth it.

To watch the video, click here. The link will take you to my personal blog site, JoinMeForSuccess.com, where you can view this and other videos I’ve recorded.

Semicolon Kindle edition book temporarily unavailable

I was notified by Amazon.com that some readers are having trouble viewing the images that I embedded into the original book. As a result of the technical issue, Amazon.com has made the Kindle version of the book unavailable for purchase until I can replace it with a new file with the images corrected.

I’m working on the problem and hope to have a new version of lickety split! Thanks so much for your amazing support and your patience as I try to iron out the kinks.

Why I joined the Tips from Former Smokers campaign

tipsLast summer, while I was finishing my book, Semicolon, for publication, I was contacted by the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA). I established a relationship with the CCA because I decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Semicolon to that organization. The CCA representative told me that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were looking for someone who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer while they were smoking to be in a public service announcement for the CDC’s 2015 Tips from Former Smokers Campaign. I thought, “What a fantastic way to give back and not only encourage smokers to quit but also to encourage people to get screened for colon cancer!”

I was given the contact info for the person to contact and I reached out to them. We exchanged a few e-mails. Then I filled out a questionnaire and sent it in. Then they sent an affidavit for my doctor to review and sign (regarding the link between smoking and my colorectal cancer diagnosis). That was followed by a Skype interview with the ad writers, a telephone interview with a CDC doctor, another interview with a attorney, and so on. I didn’t know for months if I would be chosen, but every step of the way I was believing for God to use me the way He wanted to.

A Tip from a Former Smoker: When you have an ostomy bag, use extra tape to cut down on leaks.The idea of directly impacting millions of people across the country to quit smoking and get screened for colon cancer was amazing to me. As anxious as I became at times, my wife encouraged me to leave it in God’s hands.

Finally, I got the call and was invited to go to the New York area to film the public service announcement and do the photo shoot for the print campaign. Initially it didn’t sink in. I became excited and then felt absolutely overwhelmed. It was happening. This was real. I thanked God and I remember praying, “Whatever happens, let my experience save lives.”

There is much more to tell about the experience — the filming, photo shoots, radio ad recording, etc. — but for now I’ll fast forward to this week. My family flew to Atlanta to participate in the CDC press conference this past Thursday, at which they announced the launch of the new, 2015 Tips from Former Smokers Campaign.

2015 Tips participantsLast September I met Julia,  fabulous lady, and her son. Over this past week I met Marlene and Kristy and their respective husbands. They are all fabulous people.

I’m proud to call all of them friends and I couldn’t be more proud of them for not only overcoming their own challenges, but also for quitting smoking and for participating in this campaign and sharing their stories so that other people may be inspired to quit smoking.

We’re all making a difference. According to CDC Director Dr. Frieder, each of us will be responsible — through our ads — for saving more lives in the 20 weeks that the ads will run than the average American doctor will save in their entire career. That’s a sobering thought, and an awesome reality.

Below are my and Julia’s 30 second ad, followed by my two vignettes. I invite you to watch them, to learn more about my story, which I detailed in my book, Semicolon.

CDC: Tips From Former Smokers – Julia and Mark’s Ad

CDC: Tips From Former Smokers – Mark’s Story

CDC: Tips From Former Smokers – Mark’s Military Service and Illness


More than anything I’ve ever written or created, I hope you will share these videos with someone you care about.

Take care.



Honor Roll Reopened!

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I’ve re-opened the Honor Roll name submission period!

I want to honor as many colon cancer warriors as possible – both those who’ve been taken as well as survivors!

To submit a name to be published in the book, click here to go to the submission form.

The deadline is Sunday, June 22nd, at Midnight PST.



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