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Patient Stories

Supporting the Mental Health of Young Adults with Cancer
Family MembersMental HealthPatient Stories
When she was 34 with a 6-year-old daughter, Sara Olsher was told she had breast cancer. What followed was a year and a half of treatment and connecting with her daughter in unique ways.
No One Told Me
Esophageal CancerPatient Stories
Nobody told Donna Avery that esophageal cancer is often fatal when diagnosed at a late stage. Now 7 years after her diagnosis, she chronicles her experience with radiation and dealing with this rare cancer, which accounts for only 1% of all new cancer diagnoses in the United States.
The Human Element Amid COVID-19 and Cancer
Breast CancerCOVID-19 & CancerPatient Stories
Sheryl Gundersen, who worked as a software sales professional for 35 years, became an expert in interpreting her customers’ body language. In this article, she describes how she used these skills in her personal journey with breast cancer while facing people wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three Words Is All It Took for My Life to Change Drastically: The Chick Mission
Fertility PreservationPatient AdvocacyPatient Stories
Amanda Rice was 37 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. She describes her decision to freeze her eggs after her diagnosis, which led her to launch the nonprofit organization The Chick Mission to educate women on the impact of cancer treatment on becoming mothers.
Molecular Profiling and Immunotherapy Offered Me New Hope After Stage IV Lung Cancer Diagnosis
ImmunotherapyLung CancerPatient StoriesGenomic Testing
Christie Bevington shares her story of how immunotherapy was the only treatment that helped stop her cancer progression and relieve her back pain caused by lung cancer.
Hope Against All Odds: My Journey with Immunotherapy for Advanced Bladder Cancer
Bladder CancerImmunotherapyPatient Stories
Michael Morigi shares his very positive experience with immunotherapy in the treatment of his stage III bladder cancer.
CONQUER Cam: A Spotlight on Sara Olsher
Breast CancerCONQUER CamFamily MembersPatient Stories
Sara Olsher was diagnosed with breast cancer at 34 years old. Explaining her diagnosis to her 6-year-old daughter and parenting through her treatment proved to be difficult. To help families like hers, Sara founded Mighty + Bright, which provides resources for families going through hard times, and wrote and illustrated the children’s book, “Someone I Love Has Cancer.”
There Is Hope, Never Give Up!
Patient StoriesHead & Neck Cancer
After spending many nights in pain, unable to breathe, Kayla Sanderson was told that the lump in her neck was “nothing” but a bad ear infection. Finally, she found out a tumor was blocking her airways.
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