Patient Stories

Learning I Had Lynch Syndrome Helped Save My Life
Patient Stories

One of my favorite quotes by author and pastor Charles R. Swindoll is, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” These words kept me going after my diagnosis of stage IIIB colorectal cancer in 2011.

Spreading Fun and Games
Humor & CancerPatient Stories
Once you have been handed a cancer diagnosis, everything else in­evitably changes. In a very real sense, your entire life gets a complete overhaul, whether you want it or not. Some changes are for the better, others are less favorable, but life simply won’t be the same again.
Public Health Professional Turned Patient: The Lives We Save May Be Our Own
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Sheree Williams, PhD, is a health scientist with the CDC, but her background in public health did not prepare her for the unique challenges she faced as a black woman diagnosed with breast cancer, highlighting the social determinants of health.
The Gifts and Challenges of a Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Diagnosis
LeukemiaPatient Stories
For Charlie Rogers, cancer turned out to be a gift of sorts. In addition to forcing him to slow down, it also changed his perspective on life, encouraging him to cherish small victories.
Silver Linings
Patient StoriesLymphoma
Stacey Roselle looked for the “silver linings” when a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma brought her face-to-face with unexpected reactions to her illness.
A New Perspective on Life
Patient StoriesSurvivorship
Ronda M. Walker struggled to maintain a sense of normalcy as she fought breast cancer. This experience taught her to live in the moment and reminded her that life is short, and tomorrow is not promised.
Living with the Ongoing Fear of a Multiple Myeloma Relapse
Multiple MyelomaPatient Stories
Alyssa Dickey searched for 2 years for the source of her recurrent illnesses before she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Now, she tries to find balance in her life and live in the present, knowing that the cancer will likely return.
Fishing for Our Souls
Infusion of HopePatient Stories
Cancer survivor Tricia Tennesen recounts her spirit-lifting experience with a group of survivors on a nature retreat that involved fly-fishing, which offered her a “path to spirituality without doctrine or dogma.”
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