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Patient Stories

How I Survived Ovarian Cancer During a Pandemic
Patient StoriesOvarian Cancer
Melanie Shepard was diagnosed with stage IIIB ovarian cancer during the pandemic; she shares her experience of receiving treatment and support during these uniquely stressful times.
The Lump in My Throat
Patient StoriesThyroid Cancer
Lucia Hernandez was forced to have a thyroidectomy, removal of the entire thyroid to treat her cancer, which caused her anxiety after having had an emergency gallbladder surgery that did not go well.
Fighting Cancer Amid a Pandemic: My Cross-Country Clinical Trial Experience
Patient StoriesGastric CancerClinical Trials
At age 68, Dan Greene was told the intense pain in his abdomen was likely pancreatic cancer, until further testing determined he had stage IV stomach cancer. Joining a clinical trial gave him a second chance.
A Learning Experience
Colon CancerPatient StoriesCancer Symptoms
Losing weight and her appetite made Lydia Virgo go to the doctor to get a blood test, which showed a low iron count. Although exhibiting no pain, Lydia’s CT scan and colonoscopy revealed a tumor in her colon.
How I Learned to Be Vulnerable: Sharing My Prostate Cancer Story Helped My Healing
Patient StoriesProstate CancerSurvivorship
A decade after his son passed away from a rare form of bone cancer at age 16, Mark DeLong was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He learned, among other things, the healing power of being vulnerable and sharing personal stories.
Becoming a Patient Advocate After a Small-Cell Lung Cancer Diagnosis at Age 28
Patient StoriesLung CancerPatient Advocacy
Montessa Lee’s pain persisted after an initial visit to the doctor and a misdiagnosis. Finally, an x-ray in the emergency room revealed a 15-cm mass on her left lung. Read how she turned anger into action.
The Pandemic Is Not Over: Staying Connected and Receiving Encouragement While Living with Lung Cancer
Patient StoriesLung Cancer
On his lonely journey dealing with lung cancer, Ron Simmons found that connecting with others who had lung cancer helped him create a sense of purpose and gave him a mission moving forward.
A Nest of Hair
Patient StoriesBreast Cancer
Choosing to shave her head gave Michelle Nickol a sense of empowerment over her life as she took matters into her hands and fought back against the hair loss during chemotherapy.
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