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Patient Stories

A Different Kind of Therapy
Family MembersPatient StoriesWeb Exclusives
“This all stemmed from seeing the therapy dog at the hospital and believing I could make a difference, especially after the situation I went through,” says Kelli Coppinger about her dog, Bandit, becoming a therapy dog.
Old Men Dream Too
Esophageal CancerPatient Stories
George Ford was looking forward to retirement when, on January 5, 2009, a day before his birthday, he received a call from his doctor telling him that he had esophageal cancer.
Spreading Hope and Inspiration Through Our Personal Stories
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Just 3 weeks after her 43rd birthday, and after discovering a lump on her left breast, Megan Knight learned that she had breast cancer.
An Awakening
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Karen Rice offers her reaction to her cancer diagnosis.
Mommy's Not Dying
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Melissa Eppard tells her story of dealing with her children amidst a breast cancer diagnosis.
A Children's Book on Coping with Cancer
Book ReviewsPatient StoriesPediatric Cancer
Megan Pomputius' book is based on her cancer journey through her daughter's eyes.
A Young Doctor Reflecting on His Terminal Cancer Diagnosis
Book ReviewsLung CancerPatient Stories
When Breath Becomes Air is a memoir by Dr. Paul Kalanithi that was published after his death; his wife finished the final chapter of the book.
Talking to Children About Your Cancer
Family MembersPatient StoriesPediatric Cancer
Parenting can be hard enough when things are “normal.” Throw in a cancer diagnosis, and your world can spin out of control.
Showing Vulnerability and Empowerment Through Social Media
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Breast cancer survivor Mary Ficco used Facebook as a way to detail her cancer experience, serving as an advocate to other women about the importance of health screenings and showing empowerment in the face of treatment.
The Gifts of Cancer
Kidney CancerPatient Stories
After several weeks of hematuria (blood in the urine), lab tests, a visit to the emergency department, a CT scan, and a biopsy, Robert Aron, PhD, sat in the urologist’s office awaiting his results.
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