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Patient Stories

From a Breast Cancer Nurse to a Patient with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Breast CancerMetastatic Breast CancerPatient Stories
Idalina Colburn, BSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG, recounts her transition from helping people with cancer as an oncology nurse to being a patient herself and learning to appreciate every moment of her life.
My Journey from Diagnosis to Survival
Breast CancerPatient StoriesSurvivorship
When Sandra Lewis found out she was a carrier of the BRCA2 gene mutation, she was determined to get informed. She learned to embrace the moment, focused on the facets of her life that she could control, and remembered to smile as part of healing.
The Power of Hope: Thriving with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Breast CancerMetastatic Breast CancerPatient Stories
At age 24, Nalie Agustin was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. After about 3 years of remission and gaining a large online following through her inspirational writing, videos, and podcasts, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She explains to doctors that their words are as powerful as the treatments they prescribe.
Physical Fitness and Cancer
Exercise & CancerPatient StoriesSurvivorship
As a part-time personal trainer and a veteran strength athlete with 16 years of competition, Patrick McNamee was shocked to hear that he had stage III rectal cancer, and joked with his oncologist that he was the healthiest guy with cancer around.
Is It Breast or Skin Cancer? How a Misdiagnosis Shaped My Cancer Journey
ImmunotherapyPatient StoriesSkin Cancer
Chris Andersen learned the value of trusting one’s instincts and asking for a second opinion after receiving a misdiagnosis of breast cancer that was later diagnosed as metastatic skin cancer and she was told she had 1 to 2 years to live. Thanks to a new treatment for skin cancer, she now has no signs of cancer.
Out of the Shadows
Anal CancerPatient Stories
Michele Longabaugh, who passed after this article was written, addresses the stigma associated with anal cancer and her battle with this tricky disease, which she turned into a blog, a book, and advocacy efforts to help others.
“Welcome to the Jungle”
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Anna Winters found a lump on her breast right before a Gun N’ Roses concert, and now deals with thoughts of breast cancer recurrence and how remission doesn’t mean that cancer is over.
From the Brink of Death to the Top of a Mountain: The Magic of CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy
Patient StoriesImmunotherapyLymphoma
Laurie Adami chronicles her long fight with follicular lymphoma, including her run-in with 6 types of therapies. After losing all hope, she finally achieved complete remission with a new immunotherapy called CAR T-cell therapy, and then turned her sights on climbing Mt. Everest to raise money for cancer research.
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