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...
Meagan’s Story

Meagan’s Story

Three years ago, on November 18th, 2016 I was diagnosed with stage 4B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. On November 23, 2016, I would be starting chemo for the very first time. They said we needed to start right away, there was no time to wait. I had only weeks to live....
Melanie’s Story

Melanie’s Story

Around 1990 I went in for an MRI and they found my tumor by mistake. After seeing a Neurologist, I was put on watch and wait because the tumor was considered a slow growing tumor and wasn’t causing issues. This tumor was located between my brainstem and...
Vicki’s Story

Vicki’s Story

Let me start by saying I have never smoked a day in my life, so when I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer I was floored. My original diagnosis was in 2006. Battled with chemotherapy and radiation for 14 months. My second diagnosis was in 2012. 24 chemotherapy...
Lorinda’s Story

Lorinda’s Story

For about two years I was having these symptoms: pelvic/abdominal pain, bloating, very fatigued, low back pain, feeling full quickly and indigestion.  I did not know at the time that these were ovarian cancer symptoms.  I went to my gynecologist, he did so many...
Sonya’s Story

Sonya’s Story

I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 13. I had chemotherapy for one whole year. I came close to dying but I never gave up.  Having cancer at such a young age scared me but it also taught me a lot of things, like being grateful because you don’t know...
Crystal’s Story

Crystal’s Story

I was 21 when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It has been a huge struggle despite having “the good cancer”. I have had 2 recurrences and found out I’m RAI resistant. I push through and share story when I can. Thyroid cancer isn’t one that...
Margaret’s Story

Margaret’s Story

Margaret has breast cancer. She has overcome hundreds of pokes, tests and surgeries. The next 5 years she will have to continue a new way of life that she is not used to.  Margaret will be 68 on May 28th, 2020. She is a noon aid at an elementary school and is loved by...