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Retired Submariner, Quilter, and Prostate Cancer Thriver: Putting the Pieces of My Life Back Together
Patient StoriesProstate CancerMen's Health
Denis Finnegan, EdD, a retired U.S. Navy officer, recalls his fear of being diagnosed with and undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, and mustering the courage to tell his wife. This experience changed his world.
Beautifully Broken and Stronger Than Ever
SurvivorshipPatient Stories
With this moving portrait of how a cancer diagnosis can shake up one’s emotions and sense of self, Lydia DeJesus describes her experience with breast cancer and how she found her strength again.
My Colon Cancer Journey: Finding New Passion in Survivorship
Patient StoriesColon CancerMen's Health
After ignoring his abdominal pain and blood in his stool because of family stresses, Joe Bullock finally had a colonoscopy done at the urging of his wife. A stage III colon cancer diagnosis and the support he received from other patients provided new insights.
How I Survived Ovarian Cancer During a Pandemic
Patient StoriesOvarian Cancer
Melanie Shepard was diagnosed with stage IIIB ovarian cancer during the pandemic; she shares her experience of receiving treatment and support during these uniquely stressful times.
The Lump in My Throat
Patient StoriesThyroid Cancer
Lucia Hernandez was forced to have a thyroidectomy, removal of the entire thyroid to treat her cancer, which caused her anxiety after having had an emergency gallbladder surgery that did not go well.
Fighting Cancer Amid a Pandemic: My Cross-Country Clinical Trial Experience
Patient StoriesGastric CancerClinical Trials
At age 68, Dan Greene was told the intense pain in his abdomen was likely pancreatic cancer, until further testing determined he had stage IV stomach cancer. Joining a clinical trial gave him a second chance.
A Learning Experience
Colon CancerPatient StoriesCancer Symptoms
Losing weight and her appetite made Lydia Virgo go to the doctor to get a blood test, which showed a low iron count. Although exhibiting no pain, Lydia’s CT scan and colonoscopy revealed a tumor in her colon.
How I Learned to Be Vulnerable: Sharing My Prostate Cancer Story Helped My Healing
Patient StoriesProstate CancerSurvivorship
A decade after his son passed away from a rare form of bone cancer at age 16, Mark DeLong was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He learned, among other things, the healing power of being vulnerable and sharing personal stories.
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