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Patient Stories

Coping with Cancer as a Nonbeliever
Cervical CancerPatient Stories
Read Erica Stum's thoughtful exploration of faith in relation to a cancer diagnosis.
Understanding the Link Between Thyroid Cancer and Hypothyroidism
Patient StoriesThyroid Cancer
Julie Salman chronicles her experience with thyroid cancer, including dealing with a new reality and coping with radiation.
The Song Must Go On: Melissa’s Journey from the Stage to Stage III Cancer
Colorectal CancerPatient Stories
Singer and songwriter Melissa Marshall was 51 when she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in September 2013. After a lengthy battle Melissa was cured, and began a crusade of inspiration and education.
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.
The Finalist Hero of Hope Patient Awards: Seth Grumet
Hero of HopePatient Stories
Hodgkin lymphoma survivor Seth founded STOMP the Monster, a nonprofit organization for patients with cancer. Since its inception, the organization has given $1.5 million in grant funds, which are raised through various fundraisers.
The Finalist Hero of Hope Patient Awards: Nellie Sandoval
Hero of HopePatient Stories
Nellie, a breast cancer survivor, and another woman started a local women’s cancer support group through the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program. She has helped overcome the taboo within the Navajo nation by helping to create videos, seminars, and published materials on cultural matters in cancer.
The Finalist Hero of Hope Patient Awards: Maryann Wahmann
Hero of HopeNeuroendocrine TumorsPatient Stories
Maryann, a carcinoid cancer survivor, and her husband helped grow a small support group to more than 100 patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). They also launched the nonprofit organization Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network, which offers a carcinoid cancer hotline; organizes national and regional conferences; and hosts fundraisers, including an annual walk that was started by her daughter, Tricia.
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