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Quality Over Quantity
Family MembersBreast CancerEnd of Life
April 2022 Vol 8 No 2 – April 15, 2022
Adriana Santiago had to learn how to be a support system for her mom during the COVID-19 pandemic, after her mom was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in November 2020, and why quality of life is key.
Honoring My Daughter’s Last Wish to Swim When She No Longer Could
Family MembersPediatric Cancer
February 2022 Vol 8 No 1 – February 25, 2022
Sometimes we have to deal with the impossible. Vicki Bunke’s daughter, Grace, died from osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, a day before her 15th birthday. This is a heartbreaking story of how Vicki honored her daughter’s life.
Judging the Book, Not the Cover
Family MembersPancreatic Cancer
February 2022 Vol 8 No 1 – February 25, 2022
Shanea Irierose Drown shares her personal story of overcoming expectations, rising to the challenge, and seeing people for who they really are, not what their dubious reputations may lead us to believe.
The Love of Others Keeps Us All Alive
CaregiversFamily Members
December 2021 Vol 7 No 6 – December 22, 2021
Douglas Herman, who lives with stage IV prostate cancer, highlights the strength that love provides, noting that giving and receiving love are both powerful in their own way.
Coast-to-Coast Bike Ride for Cancer: Riding in Peter’s Memory
Patient AdvocacyFamily Members
October 2021 Vol 7 No 5 – October 14, 2021
Mark DeLong’s son Peter was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, at age 14, and died when he was just 16. Mark uses advocacy to raise funds for cancer research in Peter’s memory.
A 40-Year Battle Against Breast Cancer: How I Continue to Honor My Sister’s Dying Wish
Breast CancerFamily Members
October 2021 Vol 7 No 5 – October 14, 2021
Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, shares her inspiring story of how she started one of the most impressive cancer foundations in the country by keeping a promise she made to her older sister, Suzy.
Supporting the Mental Health of Young Adults with Cancer
Family MembersMental HealthPatient Stories
August 2021 Vol 7 No 4 – August 16, 2021
When she was 34 with a 6-year-old daughter, Sara Olsher was told she had breast cancer. What followed was a year and a half of treatment and connecting with her daughter in unique ways.
CONQUER Cam: A Spotlight on Sara Olsher
Breast CancerCONQUER CamFamily MembersPatient Stories
Video Library – July 9, 2021
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.”
Conquering the World in My Mom’s Memory
Family Members
June 2021 Vol 7 No 3 – June 21, 2021
Speech-language pathologist Stacey Brill, MS, CCC-SLP, shares her journey by her mom’s side as she battled cancer, and the subsequent care and services she had provided to many patients with cancer, in her mom’s memory.
Being a Bedside Advocate, Part 1: Rick’s Story
Family MembersPatient Advocacy
June 2021 Vol 7 No 3 – June 21, 2021
Kimberley Norris relates her experience as a bedside advocate for her husband, Rick, after his esophageal cancer diagnosis, introducing her discussion of the challenges of advocating for a hospitalized patient with cancer.
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