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John Doll’s Lung Cancer Journey: From Patent Commissioner to Patient Advocacy
Lung CancerPatient StoriesPatient Advocacy
A chest x-ray and a CT scan revealed a diagnosis of stage IV (advanced) non–small-cell lung cancer after John Doll was experiencing shortness of breath and a lingering cold.
Scared, Scarred, but Stronger
Cervical CancerPatient Stories
Jacky Costello details how her cancer journey has scarred her but ultimately made her stronger, which taught her valuable lessons about seeking support from others and finding strength through change.
Just Ask Frank Sierawski: Anybody with Lungs Can Get Lung Cancer
Lung CancerPatient Stories
Frank Sierawski had never smoked and had no family or personal history of lung problems, but what started out as a distressing cough ended up being lung cancer.
Beauty Is a Side Effect of (Lung) Cancer
Lung CancerPatient Stories
A.J. Patel, who ran around 20 miles a week as a semi-professional soccer referee, was shocked to get a lung cancer diagnosis and dismayed when his relationships strained. Then, an estranged uncle came to his aid.
Cancer: Awful and Amazing
Breast CancerMetastatic Breast CancerPatient Stories
Gina Stratton was inspired by her granddad, who had advanced-stage lung cancer. She talks about her dealing with her breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 40 while having a full-time job.
From a Breast Cancer Nurse to a Patient with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Breast CancerMetastatic Breast CancerPatient Stories
Idalina Colburn, BSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG, recounts her transition from helping people with cancer as an oncology nurse to being a patient herself and learning to appreciate every moment of her life.
My Journey from Diagnosis to Survival
Breast CancerPatient StoriesSurvivorship
When Sandra Lewis found out she was a carrier of the BRCA2 gene mutation, she was determined to get informed. She learned to embrace the moment, focused on the facets of her life that she could control, and remembered to smile as part of healing.
The Power of Hope: Thriving with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Breast CancerMetastatic Breast CancerPatient Stories
At age 24, Nalie Agustin was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. After about 3 years of remission and gaining a large online following through her inspirational writing, videos, and podcasts, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She explains to doctors that their words are as powerful as the treatments they prescribe.
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