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Patient Stories

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.
At Age 24 Cancer Changed Who I Was
LymphomaPatient Stories
After a slew of seizures, misdiagnoses, and unanswered questions, Mouhamad Beydoun found out that, at the ripe age of 24, he had cancer covering his entire brain.
They Told Me I Was Too Young to Have Cancer—They Were Wrong
Patient StoriesWeb Exclusives
At age 24, Rebecca Fillers was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer that only about 20 people in the United States are diagnosed with annually. Her cancer made her grow up, fast.
The Voice Within
Esophageal CancerPatient Stories
George Ford, who was 7 years old during WWII, offers his personal perspective brimming with insight as he recounts his journey with esophageal cancer.
Power to the Butterfly: Thriving After a Neuroendocrine Tumor Diagnosis
Neuroendocrine TumorsPatient StoriesSurvivorship
Read about Greta Stifel’s battle with a NET diagnosis and her mission to spread awareness of NETs and empower others dealing with this rare, often misdiagnosed cancer type.
Surviving, and Thriving, in the Face of Prostate Cancer
Patient StoriesProstate CancerSurvivorship
Faced with a late-in-life diagnosis of prostate cancer, Bill Sneddon describes his positive experience with Proton therapy, the emerging alternative treatment to standard x-ray radiation.
Lung Cancer Survivor: I Won’t Let Cancer Define Me
Lung CancerPatient Stories
Read Melissa Crouse’s resilient story of survival, as she deals with the surprising diagnosis of lung cancer as a nonsmoker.
Living Life Fully with Multiple Myeloma
Multiple MyelomaPatient Stories
Yelak Biru, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at age 25, shares his inspiring story, including the top 3 lessons that helped him remain positive.
My Health, My Decisions: Ashley Devine’s Journey
Liver CancerPatient StoriesWeb Exclusives
Ashley Devine has twice battled liver cancer. Throughout her ordeals, she has taken the reins of her treatment options and made tough decisions about her care.
Coping with Cancer as a Nonbeliever
Cervical CancerPatient Stories
Read Erica Stum's thoughtful exploration of faith in relation to a cancer diagnosis.
Understanding the Link Between Thyroid Cancer and Hypothyroidism
Patient StoriesThyroid Cancer
Julie Salman chronicles her experience with thyroid cancer, including dealing with a new reality and coping with radiation.
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