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Patient Stories

First Love Yourself: Picking Up the Pieces
Patient StoriesLymphoma
When 24-year-old Mia Brister was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, it was as if her whole world had shattered. She had to learn to be kind with herself to put her life together again.
My Journey as an Expectant Mother Diagnosed with Cancer
Hero of HopePatient Stories
2019 Hero of Hope Patient Award winner Kirstin Arbon speaks about her experience of being treated for cancer while pregnant, and offers advice to survivors and their loved ones.
Using My Lung Cancer Story to Advocate for Change in Minority Communities
Genetics & CancerLung CancerPatient Stories
After getting tested for genetic abnormalities, Brandi Bryant learned she had the ALK genetic mutation, which increases the risk for lung cancer. This information resulted in important changes in her treatment and led her to become an advocate for genetic testing, especially among minority communities.
The CDH1 Gene Mutation:  My Family’s Story of  Hereditary Cancer
Genetics & CancerPatient Stories
Jon Grossman shares his powerful story of learning he inherited the genetic mutation that caused his mother’s stomach cancer, and the drastic steps he took to ensure he will not have that cancer.
“You Will Live”
Patient StoriesBreast Cancer
Samantha Anderson refused to give up when her triple-negative breast cancer returned. Trusting her oncologist, she enrolled in the clinical trial with Tecentriq (atezolizumab) that led to the approval of the first immunotherapy for this type of breast cancer.
The Good, the Bad, and the Funny: Making the Most of a Life Shaped by Breast Cancer
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Enjoy Lillie Shockney’s sense of humor as you read her personal story of how working as a nurse and facing her own breast cancer diagnosis shaped her life and her lifelong work as a breast cancer educator and advocate.
How Faith, Family, and Friends Are Getting Me Through Peritoneal Cancer
Patient StoriesGynecologic Cancers
When the emergency department (better known as ER) doctor and the clinical nurse specialist came in and asked, “Is there anyone with you?” I knew what was to follow wasn’t good. Like many other women, had made excuses for the discomfort, bloating, and weight gain I was experiencing in October 2016, thinking it was just something I had eaten, or maybe my metabolism, menopause, or inactivity.
Rare Diagnosis, Rarer Outcome
Appendix CancerPatient Stories
A seemingly ordinary case of appendicitis uncovers a very rare cancer. Fred McKitrick details how he grappled with the reality of a very “unreal” situation.
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