Maritza’s Story

Maritza’s Story

On November 8, 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 2 grade 3.  After finding out it was genetic braca 2 we found it had spread to my lymph nodes and I had 17 lymph nodes removed. In January 2018 I started chemo and in August 2018 I did radiation.  In April...
Tonya’s Story

Tonya’s Story

November 2018, while in the shower, I found a lump in my right breast. I went for a mammogram and they did an ultrasound and said it was a cyst. They sent me home said women later in life get these and they go away. I was relieved and didn’t really think about...
Hope’s Story

Hope’s Story

My story began when I was 15. I went to the doctor with a fever and they found my blood pressure was three digits over three digits. After rechecking several times, it was obvious something was wrong. I ended up at Vanderbilt. I had tumors in and around my adrenal...
Lee’s Story

Lee’s Story

As with all cancers my diagnosis was unexpected, sudden and without warning. I was healthy, at least I thought I was, and living a full and happy life. No symptoms at all until one night I had a massive bleed when passing water. I didn’t panic or even expect the worst...
Leslie’s Story

Leslie’s Story

About 6 months after I had my son I had appendicitis. It was treated with antibiotics and I was told I had a 75% chance of never getting sick again. I was part of that 25% that got sick again and found myself in and out of the hospital the next 10 months. Finally, I...
Heather’s Story

Heather’s Story

In July of 2017 on a long (8hr) flight home from North Africa (where we spend a lot of our summers), I began to experience a different and painful cramp, almost like a contraction. I began bleeding heavily and felt ill. I felt bewildered because I had my mensural...
Marilyn’s Story

Marilyn’s Story

I was diagnosed with stage 4 left lung cancer. At one point my oxygen level was 60, I was rushed to the hospital where they put in a drain and put me on oxygen.  2 months later the drain removed and off oxygen, I was able to mow my grass, do laundry, grocery shop...
Lisa’s Story

Lisa’s Story

In June 2019, I was playing with my grandson on my lap. He stepped on my lap, when he did I felt a knot move. I went to my primary doctor who then sent me to a surgeon. I had surgery in the groin area in October 4, 2019.  Within 72 hours my surgeon called me and said...
Alice’s Story

Alice’s Story

In May, 2015, my daughter suggested I see a dermatologist about a spot on my forehead. It was diagnosed as pleomorphic t-cell lymphoma. My dermatologist sent me to a lymphoma oncologist at The University of Kansas Cancer Center because this was a rare cancer. My...