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Essays

Retired Submariner, Quilter, and Prostate Cancer Thriver: Putting the Pieces of My Life Back Together
Denis Finnegan, EdD, a retired U.S. Navy officer, recalls his fear of being diagnosed with and undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, and mustering the courage to tell his wife. This experience changed his world. Read More ›

My Colon Cancer Journey: Finding New Passion in Survivorship
After ignoring his abdominal pain and blood in his stool because of family stresses, Joe Bullock finally had a colonoscopy done at the urging of his wife. A stage III colon cancer diagnosis and the support he received from other patients provided new insights. Read More ›

Beautifully Broken and Stronger Than Ever
With this moving portrait of how a cancer diagnosis can shake up one’s emotions and sense of self, Lydia DeJesus describes her experience with breast cancer and how she found her strength again. Read More ›

How I Survived Ovarian Cancer During a Pandemic
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. Read More ›

The Lump in My Throat
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. Read More ›

Fighting Cancer Amid a Pandemic: My Cross-Country Clinical Trial Experience
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. Read More ›

A Learning Experience
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. Read More ›

How I Learned to Be Vulnerable: Sharing My Prostate Cancer Story Helped My Healing
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. Read More ›

Becoming a Patient Advocate After a Small-Cell Lung Cancer Diagnosis at Age 28
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. Read More ›

The Pandemic Is Not Over: Staying Connected and Receiving Encouragement While Living with Lung 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. Read More ›

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