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Patient Stories

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.”
Life After a Cancer Diagnosis
Patient Stories
Julie Silver ran into many “bumps in the road” after she was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. Despite many difficulties along the way, today her life is filled with gratitude and appreciation.
First Love Yourself: Picking Up the Pieces
Patient Stories
When 24-year-old Mia Brister was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, it was as if her whole world had shattered. She had to learn to be kind with herself to put her life together again.
My Journey as an Expectant Mother Diagnosed with Cancer
Hero of HopePatient Stories
2019 Hero of Hope Patient Award winner Kirstin Arbon speaks about her experience of being treated for cancer while pregnant, and offers advice to survivors and their loved ones.
Using My Lung Cancer Story to Advocate for Change in Minority Communities
Genetics & CancerLung CancerPatient Stories
After getting tested for genetic abnormalities, Brandi Bryant learned she had the ALK genetic mutation, which increases the risk for lung cancer. This information resulted in important changes in her treatment and led her to become an advocate for genetic testing, especially among minority communities.
The CDH1 Gene Mutation:  My Family’s Story of  Hereditary Cancer
Genetics & CancerPatient Stories
Jon Grossman shares his powerful story of learning he inherited the genetic mutation that caused his mother’s stomach cancer, and the drastic steps he took to ensure he will not have that cancer.
“You Will Live”
Patient Stories
Samantha Anderson refused to give up when her triple-negative breast cancer returned. Trusting her oncologist, she enrolled in the clinical trial with Tecentriq (atezolizumab) that led to the approval of the first immunotherapy for this type of breast cancer.
The Good, the Bad, and the Funny: Making the Most of a Life Shaped by Breast Cancer
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Enjoy Lillie Shockney’s sense of humor as you read her personal story of how working as a nurse and facing her own breast cancer diagnosis shaped her life and her lifelong work as a breast cancer educator and advocate.
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