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Patient Stories

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.
They Told Me I Was Too Young to Have Cancer—They Were Wrong
Patient StoriesWeb Exclusives
Rebecca Fillers was only 24 when she was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer. Now she struggles to find a place for herself as an adult with an uncertain future.
The Voice Within
Esophageal CancerPatient Stories
George Ford, who was 7 years old during WWII, offers his personal perspective brimming with insight as he recounts his journey with esophageal cancer.
Power to the Butterfly: Thriving After a Neuroendocrine Tumor Diagnosis
Neuroendocrine TumorsPatient StoriesSurvivorship
Read about Greta Stifel’s battle with a NET diagnosis and her mission to spread awareness of NETs and empower others dealing with this rare, often misdiagnosed cancer type.
Surviving, and Thriving, in the Face of Prostate Cancer
Patient StoriesProstate CancerSurvivorship
Faced with a late-in-life diagnosis of prostate cancer, Bill Sneddon describes his positive experience with Proton therapy, the emerging alternative treatment to standard x-ray radiation.
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