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Patient Stories

Lessons in Love and Resurrection: My Journey Through Leukemia
LeukemiaPatient Stories
Shaun Willson’s story is one of daring independence and strength, as he championed through an acute myeloid leukemia diagnosis while also being the primary caregiver to his wife, Deborah, during her battle with metastatic cancer.
Never Say Never: How I Beat the Odds
LymphomaPatient Stories
After achieving remission of stage IV Hodgkin lymphoma, Sydney was told she would have less than a 5% chance of conception because of the treatment she received. Then 2 miracles happened.
A Fashion Model Finds Her Voice to Speak About Her Cancer Experience
LymphomaPatient Stories
“The first thing I said was, there’s no way. I consider myself the healthiest person I know. There’s nothing that I did that could have caused cancer,” Rachelle said. “I was just in complete shock.”
Lung Cancer at Age 28:  Life Lessons on Fast Forward
Lung CancerPatient Stories
At age 28, Thomas Iorio went into the hospital with a possible ear infection, after noticing swollen lymph nodes, and came out with a probable cancer diagnosis.
Weathering the Storm of Multiple Myeloma with Help from Family, Friends, and Professional Stormtroopers
Multiple MyelomaPatient Stories
Roger and Cherie Paige, both psychologists, became caught in a storm of fighting against cancer, with the assistance of family, friends, and numerous professional “stormtroopers.”
Reaching for the Stars Along with a Brain Cancer Diagnosis
Brain CancerPatient Stories
"What I remember clearly is that I was supposed to have only 14 to 18 months to live. That was about 6 years ago," says Melanie Kabo.
Empowerment Through Art and Music
Art TherapyHero of HopePatient Stories
Melissa Marshall found comfort and inspiration to help herself and others cope with cancer through both art and music.
Living with Uncertainty
LymphomaPatient Stories
Jason Micheli, a pastor and the author of Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Chemo, explains his mindset and the difficulties of dealing with uncertainty after a lymphoma diagnosis.
You Never Think It’s Going to Happen to You
Head & Neck CancerPatient Stories
“As the CEO of a biotechnology company involved in cancer drugs development, I was familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer,” says Michael Becker, who was himself diagnosed with stage IV oropharyngeal cancer.
Dragon Boat Racing Keeps Lori Thriving After a Liver Cancer Diagnosis
Liver CancerPatient Stories
Lori Plutchak is part of a unique kind of cancer support group: the Team Survivor San Diego Sea Dragons boat racing team, which is made up of nearly 40 cancer survivors.
I Have What?
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Lisa D’Ottavio, who has no family history of breast cancer, recounts her journey with breast cancer, which began with a phone call from her breast surgeon.
Stand Up Straight and “Whistle a Happy Tune”
Esophageal CancerPatient Stories
Donna Avery describes her stage III esophageal cancer diagnosis and the path that led her to regain her ability to do something that brings her joy: whistling.
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