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Patient Stories

Reaching for the Stars Along with a Brain Cancer Diagnosis
Brain CancerPatient Stories
"What I remember clearly is that I was supposed to have only 14 to 18 months to live. That was about 6 years ago," says Melanie Kabo.
Empowerment Through Art and Music
Art TherapyHero of HopePatient Stories
Melissa Marshall found comfort and inspiration to help herself and others cope with cancer through both art and music.
Living with Uncertainty
LymphomaPatient Stories
Jason Micheli, a pastor and the author of Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Chemo, explains his mindset and the difficulties of dealing with uncertainty after a lymphoma diagnosis.
You Never Think It’s Going to Happen to You
Head & Neck CancerPatient Stories
“As the CEO of a biotechnology company involved in cancer drugs development, I was familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer,” says Michael Becker, who was himself diagnosed with stage IV oropharyngeal cancer.
Dragon Boat Racing Keeps Lori Thriving After a Liver Cancer Diagnosis
Liver CancerPatient Stories
Lori Plutchak is part of a unique kind of cancer support group: the Team Survivor San Diego Sea Dragons boat racing team, which is made up of nearly 40 cancer survivors.
I Have What?
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Lisa D’Ottavio, who has no family history of breast cancer, recounts her journey with breast cancer, which began with a phone call from her breast surgeon.
Stand Up Straight and “Whistle a Happy Tune”
Esophageal CancerPatient Stories
Donna Avery describes her stage III esophageal cancer diagnosis and the path that led her to regain her ability to do something that brings her joy: whistling.
At Age 24 Cancer Changed Who I Was
LymphomaPatient Stories
After a slew of seizures, misdiagnoses, and unanswered questions, Mouhamad Beydoun found out that, at the ripe age of 24, he had cancer covering his entire brain.
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