Patient Stories

Nearly 100 patients have contributed their stories, which will be shared here over time. You can read them all, or use the word cloud to select patients with a particular type of cancer. Be sure to check back often to see more stories.

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Charlotte and Thom preparing

Charlotte

Posted in: Breast With humor and loving support, Charlotte learned she was stronger than she had imagined.

Tony

Posted in: Bladder/Kidney, Prostate Denial, and the quiet support of those he loves, helped Tony cope with three cancer scares.
Ruth running with her dog in the woods

Sue M

Posted in: Gynecologic When cancer becomes chronic, coping becomes a habit.

Fatima

Posted in: Gynecologic For Fatima, a cancer diagnosis changed her sense of everything in a matter of hours.

Larry

Posted in: Bladder/Kidney Getting through cancer was a process. But for Larry, the anxiety lingers even if the process is over.

Robin

Posted in: Gynecologic For an optimist like Robin, it's impossible to imagine a bad outcome, so even cancer is "just a blip."

Brenda

Posted in: Gynecologic BRCA positive status and a prior abortion complicate Brenda's cancer anxiety.

Judy

Posted in: Breast Empathy and caring support make coping a little easier when the diagnosis is cancer.

David

Posted in: Hematologic Getting married in the hospital was never in David's plans, but neither was AML.

Sue

Posted in: Breast Sometimes, even the expected is unexpected—the what and the when can be the surprise.

Terri

Posted in: Breast Devastated but determined, Terri turned cancer's limitations into a world of possibilities for herself and others.

Thao/Thảo

Posted in: Hematologic, Huyết học Is is worth risking a life to start a new one? Có đáng để mạo hiểm một tính mạng để bắt đầu cho một sự sống mới?

Pamela

Posted in: Gynecologic Five recurrences, 88 chemo treatments and 19 million radioactive particles, but who's counting?

Catherine

Posted in: Breast Neither professional expertise nor prior experience prepared Catherine for the anxiety of her diagnosis.

Diane

Posted in: Gynecologic Strong and self-reliant, Diane thought she could cope with anything on her own, but not cancer...

Jim

Posted in: Thyroid When advanced cancer turned up in his lungs, Jim turned to his faith to help him address his disappointment and anger.

Eliot

Posted in: Melanoma Immunotherapy dispatched Eliot's cancer, but not the emotional enormity of the diagnosis.

Mary

Posted in: Hematologic Young, fit, healthy, Mary was ready for life's next adventure, until cancer made other plans for her.

Rick

Posted in: Hematologic A swollen toe and a sore rib turned out to be warning signs of cancer for Rick.

Elyse

Posted in: Hematologic Elyse felt powerless against the isolation of cancer, until she brought her camera to treatments.
Flowering rose bushes with Sand Diego skyline in the background

Rich

Posted in: Hematologic Two cancers, three failed treatments and an emergency helicopter ride— Rich is pleased to be alive.

Truus

Posted in: Breast Truus, who was used to the dangers of a war zone, found cancer much more traumatic.

Pramod

Posted in: Hematologic A devastating blow became congratulations for Pramod when he learned he had CML.
Christina and a friend

Christina

Posted in: Bladder/Kidney, Breast A strong support network and years of meditation helped Christina deal with the terror of a second cancer.

Susie

Posted in: Gastrointestinal Susie had completed grueling treatment for anal cancer and was ready to declare victory, until she heard the doctor say, “Not so fast!”

Nancy

Posted in: Gynecologic After spending her anniversary in the hospital, the uncertainty of slow-growing cancer keeps Nancy on edge.

Jeremy

Posted in: Rare Military training helps Jeremy get the care he needs for his rare cancer.

Eileen

Posted in: Rare Eileen counts her grandchildren as blessings while battling mesothelioma.

Steve

Posted in: Gastrointestinal Steve's first cancer helped him prepare for his second trial:stage 4 colon cancer.

Jane

Posted in: Gynecologic A near death experience is preparation for cancer, but not its side effects.

Param

Posted in: Hematologic Param turned adversity into advocacy after his diagnosis with leukemia.

Thalia

Posted in: Breast Taking control allowed Thalia to get through treatment and move on.

Eric

Posted in: Melanoma Eric battled with feelings of isolation and depression along with his melanoma

Adelle

Posted in: Bladder/Kidney, Gynecologic Battling multiple cancers over 15 years, Adelle can handle whatever the news brings.

Melanie

Posted in: Breast A devastating diagnosis leads to a new perspective and new choices

Brian

Posted in: Bladder/Kidney Tackling bladder cancer renewed Brian's self esteem and changed his life.

Carol

Posted in: Gynecologic Carol finds strength in family, faith and going to the woods...

Jane

Posted in: Gynecologic, Rare Coping with cancer is like being tossed in the rapids.

Michael

Posted in: Gastrointestinal Michael used Al-Anon tools to help him cope with recurrent colon cancer.

Anne

Third time's the charm for Anne's ovarian cancer.

Paul

Posted in: Rare For Paul, cancer is an opponent he can't see to fight.

Ann F

Posted in: Breast Being single, self-employed and bald makes the chaos of cancer challenging.

Alan

Posted in: Pancreatic Denial is a powerful strategy for dealing with an overwhelming diagnosis.

Fanny

Posted in: Bladder/Kidney, Breast, Hematologic Four cancers later, she's still playing tennis, but has so many questions...

Carolyn

Posted in: Gynecologic What's the worst that could happen? After cancer, anything is possible.

Mark

Posted in: Liver Cancer is scarier than heart disease—it owns you.

Claire

Posted in: Breast Claire had a family history of breast cancer but was surprised by her diagnosis at age 40.

Rachel

Posted in: Melanoma A fearful diagnosis brings clarity and change to a young mother.