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The Human Element Amid COVID-19 and Cancer
Breast CancerCOVID-19 & CancerPatient Stories
Sheryl Gundersen, who worked as a software sales professional for 35 years, became an expert in interpreting her customers’ body language. In this article, she describes how she used these skills in her personal journey with breast cancer while facing people wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three Words Is All It Took for My Life to Change Drastically: The Chick Mission
Fertility PreservationPatient AdvocacyPatient Stories
Amanda Rice was 37 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. She describes her decision to freeze her eggs after her diagnosis, which led her to launch the nonprofit organization The Chick Mission to educate women on the impact of cancer treatment on becoming mothers.
Molecular Profiling and Immunotherapy Offered Me New Hope After Stage IV Lung Cancer Diagnosis
ImmunotherapyLung CancerPatient StoriesGenomic Testing
Christie Bevington shares her story of how immunotherapy was the only treatment that helped stop her cancer progression and relieve her back pain caused by lung cancer.
Hope Against All Odds: My Journey with Immunotherapy for Advanced Bladder Cancer
Bladder CancerImmunotherapyPatient Stories
Michael Morigi shares his very positive experience with immunotherapy in the treatment of his stage III bladder cancer.
CONQUER Cam: A Spotlight on Sara Olsher
Breast CancerCONQUER CamFamily MembersPatient Stories
Sara Olsher was diagnosed with breast cancer at 34 years old. Explaining her diagnosis to her 6-year-old daughter and parenting through her treatment proved to be difficult. To help families like hers, Sara founded Mighty + Bright, which provides resources for families going through hard times, and wrote and illustrated the children’s book, “Someone I Love Has Cancer.”
There Is Hope, Never Give Up!
Patient StoriesHead & Neck Cancer
After spending many nights in pain, unable to breathe, Kayla Sanderson was told that the lump in her neck was “nothing” but a bad ear infection. Finally, she found out a tumor was blocking her airways.
Déjà Vu
Patient StoriesBrain Cancer
Jennifer Reginald chronicles how nagging headaches turned into a brain tumor diagnosis, and how she had different tumors removed on the same day, twice, but 32 years apart.
Lessons Learned from My Journey with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Patient StoriesLeukemia
George Valentine was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2002. He shares some of his hard-learned tips on how to deal with a cancer diagnosis and the high costs of treatment.
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