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A 40-Year Battle Against Breast Cancer: How I Continue to Honor My Sister’s Dying Wish
Breast CancerFamily Members
Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, shares her inspiring story of how she started one of the most impressive cancer foundations in the country by keeping a promise she made to her older sister, Suzy.
Coast-to-Coast Bike Ride for Cancer: Riding in Peter’s Memory
Patient AdvocacyFamily Members
Mark DeLong’s son Peter was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, at age 14, and died when he was just 16. Mark uses advocacy to raise funds for cancer research in Peter’s memory.
Supporting the Mental Health of Young Adults with Cancer
Family MembersMental HealthPatient Stories
When she was 34 with a 6-year-old daughter, Sara Olsher was told she had breast cancer. What followed was a year and a half of treatment and connecting with her daughter in unique ways.
CONQUER Cam: A Spotlight on Sara Olsher
Breast CancerCONQUER CamFamily MembersPatient Stories
Sara Olsher was diagnosed with breast cancer at 34 years old. Explaining her diagnosis to her 6-year-old daughter and parenting through her treatment proved to be difficult. To help families like hers, Sara founded Mighty + Bright, which provides resources for families going through hard times, and wrote and illustrated the children’s book, “Someone I Love Has Cancer.”
Being a Bedside Advocate, Part 1: Rick’s Story
Family MembersPatient Advocacy
Kimberley Norris relates her experience as a bedside advocate for her husband, Rick, after his esophageal cancer diagnosis, introducing her discussion of the challenges of advocating for a hospitalized patient with cancer.
Conquering the World in My Mom’s Memory
Family Members
Speech-language pathologist Stacey Brill, MS, CCC-SLP, shares her journey by her mom’s side as she battled cancer, and the subsequent care and services she had provided to many patients with cancer, in her mom’s memory.
My Commitment to Human Touch in Medical Practice: The Legacy of My Aunt and COVID-19
Family Members
Sindhu Addepalli, who is starting her career as a doctor, tells the touching story of how her family dealt with her aunt’s cancer during the pandemic, and how this experience influences her practice of medicine.
Poor Communication Affects Patients: Doctors Should Talk with the Patient and Each Other
Family MembersGynecologic Cancers
Mark Ryan, RN, emphasizes the importance of communication between doctors and patients, using as an example the stressful time his wife Anabel had because of miscommunication related to the results of a CT scan.
The Day I Didn’t Commit Suicide
Patient StoriesFamily Members
Douglas Herman describes the touching moments at his mom’s bedside before she succumbed to bone cancer, and his subsequent journey from distressing thoughts to 40 years of endurance before he received a diagnosis of stage IV prostate cancer.
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