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Patient Stories

CONQUER Cam: A Spotlight on Ed Sawa
Breast CancerCONQUER CamPatient Stories
Ed Sawa, a 65-year-old male breast cancer survivor, describes his journey through treatment with his support system by his side. Ed hopes that by sharing his story he can help men better understand the possibility of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
My Eccentric Companion
Patient Stories
Mary Trouba, who was encouraged by her sister to write about her experience as a patient with metastatic breast cancer, tackles the importance of the words we use when discussing cancer, explaining her problem with the phrase “battling cancer.”
My Metamorphosis Through Stage IV Colon Cancer
Colon CancerPatient Stories
Crystal Ortner, PsyD, chronicles her difficult experiences with advanced-stage colon cancer and offers a heartfelt affirmation on the power of love.
Staying Positive
Breast CancerPatient StoriesSurvivorship
Neelam Shinde, a 2-time breast cancer survivor, reflects on the power of positive thinking and remembering that setbacks are integral parts of life.
John Doll’s Lung Cancer Journey: From Patent Commissioner to Patient Advocacy
Lung CancerPatient StoriesPatient Advocacy
A chest x-ray and a CT scan revealed a diagnosis of stage IV (advanced) non–small-cell lung cancer after John Doll was experiencing shortness of breath and a lingering cold.
Scared, Scarred, but Stronger
Cervical CancerPatient Stories
Jacky Costello details how her cancer journey has scarred her but ultimately made her stronger, which taught her valuable lessons about seeking support from others and finding strength through change.
Just Ask Frank Sierawski: Anybody with Lungs Can Get Lung Cancer
Lung CancerPatient Stories
Frank Sierawski had never smoked and had no family or personal history of lung problems, but what started out as a distressing cough ended up being lung cancer.
Beauty Is a Side Effect of (Lung) Cancer
Lung CancerPatient Stories
A.J. Patel, who ran around 20 miles a week as a semi-professional soccer referee, was shocked to get a lung cancer diagnosis and dismayed when his relationships strained. Then, an estranged uncle came to his aid.
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