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Patient Stories

Lessons Learned from My Journey with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Patient StoriesLeukemia
George Valentine was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2002. He shares some of his hard-learned tips on how to deal with a cancer diagnosis and the high costs of treatment.
Courage Through Cancer
Patient StoriesOvarian Cancer
Kristen Foreman dealt with an ovarian cancer diagnosis at age 33. After removal of her ovaries, she completed chemotherapy, followed by 6 weeks of radiation, during a global pandemic. She now aspires to support others facing similar circumstances.
No Pair, I Don’t Care!
Breast CancerCOVID-19 & CancerPatient Stories
In May 2019, Kiana Wooten went for a routine check-up. Read about how that routine visit turned into a breast cancer diagnosis for the 34-year-old Kiana, who had to be hospitalized during COVID-19.
Climate Change Plays Havoc on Weather Patterns, and on Skin Cancer Rates
Skin CancerPatient Stories
Mark Ryan, RN, is not worried about the impact of climate change on the weather, but on skin cancer, which he knows first-hand. A decrease in stratospheric ozone requires stringent environmental regulations to prevent cancer, he says.
Despite No Sex, We Were Never So Married
LymphomaPatient Stories
After putting off her neck pain for months, Susan Keller found that she had lymphoma, describing how her loving husband helped her change her attitude and persist through it all.
Deadly Kicks from the “C” Word
COVID-19 & CancerPatient Stories
Sabrina Steinback’s mom died from COVID-19 in 2020, and then Sabrina had a lumpectomy to remove breast cancer at the end of the year.
Dear Doctor
Patient StoriesHumor & Cancer
Karen Ann Rowe writes an impassioned and funny letter to the doctors who found their way into her life through her many run-ins with cancer.
My Story: Male Breast Cancer and Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Edward Sawa was waking up with headaches that disrupted his daily activities and ended up being diagnosed with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia and breast cancer. Read the lessons he’s learned as a male with breast cancer.
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