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Tabitha - May 12, 2019

I was recently diagnosed with renal celll carcinoma at age 33. I had a laparoscopic partial left nephrectomy. They took the tumor out and I don't need any treatment. I was thankful for the doctor I had gone to was concerned. I had been to one urologist a year ago and he told me don't worry your young and it's nothing to worry about. Now I'm on the road to recovery.

Mary L. Hall - Disabled - March 7, 2019

My name is Mary I'm 41 years old and have been struggling with Stage four metastasized melanoma for the past 8 years it started in my back twice went into my lymph node under my arm and to both of my lungs and to my brain. This past summer I had the tumor on my brain removed and did radiation and chemo but since then it has came back to my brain and 6 different spots so I'm doing radiation and chemo again taking one day at a time Many prayers out there to the ones that are fighting cancer and their families God bless you

Charlie R - My Birthday Story - February 14, 2019

I use Choose Hope site often to purchase wrist bands and pins for friends who have been diagnosed I have been using this site since 2011 when I was diagnosed. I have never shared my story like this (in an open forum) but I just feel good today so here it is. Today, February 14 Valentine’s Day is my Birthday. Eight years ago on my 50th birthday 2-14-2011, I was told I had esophageal cancer stage 4 at that time this cancer had an 87% mortality rate (happy birthday). Treatment began began around the first of March, I had a port installed and a feeding tube, then I had 168 hours of chemo, 55 radiation treatments, an esophagealectomy with a pull up and finally 16 more hours of chemo. Through it all I realized how lucky and blessed I was and still are, with a wonderful wife and 2 great sons. I also learned to appreciate each day and 8 cancer free years

Anita - No One Fights Alone - February 10, 2019

My brother was diagnosed with early prostate ca in late Nov. My sister was diagnosed with DCIS 0 but also ADH in Dec. Neither had symptoms.These were routine screenings. I've been advised to have the BRCA1 and BRCA2 tests due to family history. Since I am so far away and my husband is having health issues (he's a 6 year cancer survivor), I cannot be there right now for my siblings. I bought them the "No One Fights Alone" water bottles from Choose Hope. I also bought sis some tea and a chest pillow. Brother has a "In This Family No One Fights Alone" tee shirt. Besides praying, it's what I can do from here until I can drive down for a week to help.

Marilyn Chapman - Truly blessed - January 5, 2019

Marilyn Chapman - Truly blessed

I was diagnosed with stag 4 cancer in my left lung Nov. 2018 I told my oncologist from day 1 I wouldn’t go down and I would be her best testimony. I was put on oxygen & a drain tube in my lung. As of March 2018 no drain or oxygen and I work f/t have treatments every 3 weeks and I basically lead a normal life. I am thankful god had been with me every step of the way and I get to give a testimony daily! I am so thankful for all the prayers, and Gods blessings! ❤️

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Vicki Mathis - Survivor - November 16, 2018

In 1999 I donated my left Kidney to my then husband who was getting ready to go on the donor list. After that, we divorced because he had molested my daughter. Then in 2011 I found out I had Cancer in my right kidney. They took the Kidney out, took off the cancer and now I have a little over a half kidney. So far It's still working pretty good. I feel very blessed.

Heather - Head and Neck Cancer - October 24, 2018

Heather - Head and Neck Cancer

I was first diagnosed with Stage 1 tongue cancer in November of 2016. I had a partial glosstomy along with a right neck dissection on December 30, 2016. I was very lucky that I didn't have to have chemo or radiation. Nine months later I was diagnosed with oral cancer again. The second time wasn't so simple. I had a large size tumor in the soft tissue under my chin. I went through an 8-9 hour surgery where they removed a bone from my leg and put it in my jaw. They also did a neck dissection on both the left and right side of my neck. I had to have a few rounds of chemo along with six weeks of radiation. I also went through speech therapy and had to learn how to eat all over again. My PET scan was done in June and there were no signs of cancer so my Dr is cautiously optimistic. I pray every day that it doesn't come back for a third time. I absolutely love how you all started this company and what it represents. Thank you so much.

Christine Mulvihill - Childhood Cancer Survivor's Story - September 27, 2018

Christine Mulvihill - Childhood Cancer Survivor's Story

Because I never gave up on me By CHRISTINE MULVIHILL Walking down the hall without that horrid IV No words can do justice to how I feel so free I one so small have conquered that roaring “C” And showed you all I can, because I never gave up on me. Not many believed, they lose faith fast Not even I dreamt how long I’d last They said it had ended when the stone was cast But I showed you all I could, because I never gave up on me. Oh how the pain burned Slow like seasons turned And to give up I yearned But I showed you strength, because I never gave up on me. With silent tears I struggled on My only hope she now was gone From above her light shone I showed her I was grateful, because I never gave up on me. Lying in bed Listening to sounds I dread Screams of a child and loved ones who cry There are too many miles to go why can’t I just die. My skin is sore From the needles I bore The drugs I take They make me ache I’m tired of fighting let’s end this bid, oh why can’t I just be a normal kid? I’d show myself and I’d show you all That I made it through with my back against the wall Because I never gave up on me. In size and in strength may you never judge me I won that battle because I had faith in me There is so much more that you can’t see And I showed you all, because I never gave up on me. Walking down the hall without that horrid IV No words can do justice to how I feel so free, I one so small have conquered that roaring “C” And showed you all I can, because I never gave up on me.

Karen Rice - "An Awakening" - July 26, 2018

Karen Rice - "An Awakening"

“AN AWAKENING” When I was diagnosed with Breast cancer I reacted like many do; first thing came to mind was "a death sentence". However, I found out later it was truly "an awakening" for me, especially when I received bad news again later down the line. I was diagnosed with "colon cancer" a few years later, yet I'm still here to tell about them both. I first began asking God, why? What had I done so wrong in life to have this placed upon me? But suddenly, I knew that I was going to be OK. I also realized that I was about to face a new beginning, new hope, do and see more with a whole new prospective on life. When I think of the "gift of life" that was given to me twice over, I know that I will develop and gain strength from all my experiences. Even with all the current complications I now have to live with, I still feel truly Blessed. For a while, I wasn't happy with the way I looked after my surgery, nor the pain and complications I still have to live with daily. But one day I decided to snap out of it. I thought about the individuals that are no longer among us. I also realize that there will always be someone worse off than I am, who am I to complain, "I still have my life". One day during one of my many surgeries, I experienced something so real, so peaceful, that I knew I had to write it down. I turned my experience into a poem and I called it "Peace". I took that poem, along with many others I had written during my Breast cancer period and placed it into book form. I was blessed enough to have it published. I later had an inspirational children book published, and working on my third. I truly believe when you survive a horrific tragedy or a horrible disease as cancer, it's for a reason, you have a purpose and I want to live and find out exactly what that is for me. The experiences I've had to endure are what gave me insight to form the words of my poems. With the words and phrases of each poem of statement, I wish to make a positive impact on someone who's ill or otherwise hurting, hoping it gives them the strength to embrace their life in a whole new way. I'm a true example that you can survive cancer, not once, but twice, if you get to it in time. I'm not saying that it will be easy, and I'm certainly not saying all will survive it, but just have faith, fight with all you have, because when you're at your weakest, cancer is at it's strongest, then hold on. Karen Rice Two-time Cancer Survivor

Theresa - Intake coordinator - July 25, 2018

I don't have cancer however I work for a well renowned cancer center for the past 10 years. I have developed relationships with many patients throughout the course of 10 years. I don't see myself leaving here as I LOVE helping people, talking to people, or just being an ear for patients/families to talk to. I enjoy being the encouraging voice they hear and being told that i'm their angel. I look forward to coming to work every day knowing that today might be the day that i help to make someone's day in their battle. Knowing that I will always go above and beyond to get them through is comforting and fulfilling. Your program is awesome and look forward to seeing how the money you're raising will help in finding a cure for this awful disease.

Natalie Accardo - grandma - July 1, 2018

Natalie Accardo - grandma

Just a month n a half ago my 87 yr grandmother retired from work got told she had a aggressive cancer eating up her organs she also was told she hasn't had it long either. It started n her oviran,then stomach, cavity of stomach, annel, to then her liver 3weeks later at Dr appointment she got put n hospice was told she had 3days to live because it had already got her lungs. It was eating her up we could not treat it either. She passed on fathers day. Lived 1hr and 55mins longer than what we was told. But I still don't understand how it happened so fast.

Michael - Melanoma - June 22, 2018

I was diagnosed in 2009 and have been fighting ever since. It returns on average about every 8 months or so. Until recently it came back in the same area, in my chest near my underarm, now it has moved to the other side of my chest in the same area. Just had lymph nodes recected, and I am doing immunotherapy ( Opdivo ) every other week for the next year. I have had tumors as large as 16 cm. Near the size of a softball. I have had many surgeries. Last year after surgery it got infected and I ended up with sepsis that almost killed me, spent 3 months in the hospital. I have done many forms of chemo, some with terrible side effects. I continued to work through all of this until 2014. ( I worked in the chimney business as a service tech for 30 years) the work can be physically demanding, going up and down ladders, and being on roofs became risky, besides the fact that I should avoid being in the sun for lengthy times. I feel blessed every day because things could certainly have been much different. Thank goodness for new cancer treatments, late stage melanoma used to be a death sentence. I am proof that it can be manageable .

kyle butler - Large B cell Lymphoma cured - April 15, 2018

MY CANCER STORY; In the summer of 2014 i was diagnosed with large B-cell lymphoma. The lymphoma was eliminated with chemotherapy in February 2015. The treatment caused significant nausea, vomiting, febrile neutropenia (fever resulting from abnormally low white blood cell count), and pneumonia requiring hospitalization. In March 2015, a brain MRI revealed several cancerous lesions. These were resolved by April 2015 with whole brain radiation, as indicated by a post-treatment MRI. For a year-and-a-half, i was doing very well, even participating in a half-marathon. However, in November 2016, a mass developed in my left thigh. Doctors removed the 3.2 x 2.5cm mass, and determined it was consistent with diffuse large B-cell inter-vascular lymphoma. The removal of this mass did not eliminate the lymphoma. In early April 2017, I began receiving medications to treat complications of the cancer. Furthermore, another head CT scan revealed a 6mm cancer lesion in the left superior pons. The test also confirmed resolution of the previous lesions in the right thalamus and basal ganglia. Shortly after the 3.2 x 2.5cm mass excision, I noticed regrowth of some mass in the same area. I received five shots of radiation in April for the new growth. More scans in May 2017 revealed new adrenal cancerous nodules. I began taking the chemotherapy drugs cisplatin and cytabarine to combat the cancers. I was then hospitalized between July 23rd, 2017 and August 3rd, 2017 due to acute renal failure and hepatitis, which had been induced by cisplatin and cytabarine respectively. The complications permanently ended my chemotherapy regiment, with chemotherapy stopping in late April. I was then diagnosed with relapsed intravascular diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and leptomeningeal disease.Without the strength to endure more chemotherapy or radiation, doctors could do nothing more, and i was forced to try an alternative treatment. In early May, i began researching for alternative treatment where I came across Dr. Musa's email address, i contacted him and explained my issues to him, he assured me that everything was going to be alright and all i have to do is to follow his instructions and use his herbal medicine as prescibed by him. I started off with small rice-grain sized doses as prescribed by Dr. Musa so as not to over dose my self until i get use to the medicine, after a week i then upped the dosage to a gram a day, and within two weeks i noticed beneficial effects in general, feeling better and having more appetite. On October 30th, 2017, i had a follow-up examination which revealed i was doing much better since being off chemotherapy, and that the left thigh mass “actually regressed spontaneously.” A months later in Another exam from November 24th, 2017, the results revealed that there were no more traces and from the Doctor's statement i have fully recovered. up till now am doing well with no re-occurrence. Thanks to Dr. Musa's herbal medicine.

Kimberly - Renal Cell Carcinoma Stage 3 at 43 years old - April 12, 2018

In April 2016 I was diagnosed with heart failure at the age of 42. I had picked up an upper respiratory infection that attacked my lungs and heart. I am blessed to say that then my injection fraction was only 15% then but now is 50-55% (that is how they measure how much of it is working). During 2017 I was constantly weak, tired and had lower abdominal pain. I went to the ER three times and each time, after they CT scanned me, they would say they didn't know what was causing my pain, etc so they would send me home with pain meds and that was it. Around October 2017 I went online and viewed my patient portal for that ER and saw all of my CT Scan reports. I noticed each time there was a "lesion" growing in my left kidney. It was getting bigger and bigger. They had never told me about a lesion. I printed the reports and headed to my PCP. By this point my lymphnodes were painful and swelling under my arms, breast & pelvic area. My PCP sent me to get a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. Both came back clear. She referred me to an oncologist. The oncologist immediately thought I was there to see her for kidney cancer. I was sitting there in shock......I told her no of course. I didn't know I had kidney cancer. She referred me to a Oncology Urology Surgeon and after a biopsy it was confirmed as Renal Cell Carcinoma. I learned that doctors do not move as fast as you would hope. I was panicked, however they did not seem to be. I am young and have three young children so my world was definitely rocked again by a major illness. By February 14, 2018 the tumor had grown from .6cm (starting June 2016) to 5 cm February 2018. My surgeon went in to do a partial nephrectomy but upon taking out the tumor he found that the cancer had spread to the fatty tissue in the kidney. He had to remove my left kidney along with my left ureter. The results came back that I had Stage 3 RCC. I am now on a chemo med, which I just started today, called Sutent. My right kidney is struggling a bit but I am told that is normal at first. I feel better physically however I am nervous about the future since I was told I can now get cancer in my lungs, brain, other kidney or the space where my left kidney was removed. I am depressed because of my hair loss but currently looking for support groups in my area. God has this I know.

Emily Corbett - March 14, 2018

Emily Corbett

In August of 2016, one of my closest friends, Nancy, was diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer. We were shocked and we were heartbroken, but everyone that knew her immediately began trying to raise awareness for this horrible disease. Nancy was never self concious or afraid to talk about her diagnosis. She told her story to anyone who would listen. I joined a Relay for Life team in her honor. Then, I found Choose Hope. I wanted to do something special for her, because over Labor Day weekend in 2016, several of her friends, including me, got to go to Gulf Shores. She couldn’t go because she had just had surgery. So I ordered us both one of your “Hope” rings. I sent hers along with a bag of sand I collected on Fort Morgan for her. She loved her ring and we both wore them every day. Even after surgeries and treatments, Nancy unfortunately passed away in March of 2017 after her battle with cancer. It was just too aggressive and brain cancer is so misunderstood that there was nothing else they could do. I miss her every day. I’m now the captain of my Relay for Life team, and I began working for the Anerican Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network in her memory and I am now an ambassador team lead for my congressional district. I meet with lawmakers to discuss prioritizing cancer research funding and to help make the voices of patients, survivors, and those we’ve lost heard. I still wear my ring every single day, although I’ve now had to buy a second one because I wore the other one so long that it was worn out. Choose Hope gave us something so small but it was somehow so meaningful to the two of us. It will forever be a memory I treasure with Nancy and I’m glad I can wear it and carry a little piece of her with me everywhere I go.

Akiela Lynch - March 14, 2018

Akiela Lynch

Okay so here’s my story of survival! My name is Akiela and I was 20 years old when I was diagnosed & first started having the symptoms of what I had no clue was cancer. After a while I started to think I had bone cancer because of the way my pain was. The doctors diagnosed me many, many different health issues. But the whole time it was NONE of the things they said! Whole time it was cancer and they didn’t even know. I mean multiple different diagnoses such as: Strained hamstring, Sciatica, Possibly gout, Bunion formation in which they suggested I receive the cortisone shot (Injection in foot). I️ also received X-rays of foot because they were so sure and determined a bunion was forming on my right foot. Because that’s the side all of my pain was on. I experienced severe Back pain and Drop foot. I️ was told that I could possibly have Pinched nerve as well as a Slipped / herniated disk in my back. I’ve gotten all this work done & I still wasn’t getting any better. Even with the strongest of the strongest medications, nothing helped. I was Losing weight like crazy I went from 120 to 98lbs. in less than a month. I’d received MRI , on several occasions. I had gotten lots and lots of blood work done, and still nothing. I was Not happy with services provided by Kaiser, for a long time they just keep blowing me off and sending me home because they thought nothing serious was wrong with me. I was receiving Constant medication & diagnoses but no cure. The pain initially started in April of 2017 in left leg, in which I though I was having really bad muscle spasms (Charlie horses). I went to the doctor for that and they prescribed me muscle relaxers. Yeah they worked, at least I thought they did because the pain went away. But it came back a month later, this time it transitioned over to my right leg and at this point it was unbearable. It was just so Frustrating because we couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. I couldn’t sleep, walk, drive, couldn’t stand or sit for long periods of time. And I was unable to work. It was times when my Toes would just lock up on me. There were time when I couldn’t bend my toes or even pull my toes toward me. There were time when I couldn’t even get out the bed, because I couldn’t feel my body from the neck down. I was going to Urgent care back to back to back. I was going to the Emergency room back to back. There were times when the ER refused to give me an MRI when I asked time & time again. I’ve dealt with so much Pain, Numbness, Tingling. Not being able to feel my right leg, my Ankle being swollen, my Leg being swollen, my Foot being swollen. Everything was just so Uncomfortable to me. I was unable to go #2, everything was just terrible. They referred me to a Physical therapist, that didn’t work either. For 6 months, I was having these awkward, unusual pains because I had what’s called Intermediate Grade Myxoid Liposarcoma. It’s a rare tissue cancer. Liposarcoma is a rare cancer of connective tissues that resemble fat cells under a microscope. Liposarcoma can occur in almost any part of the body, but more than half of liposarcoma cases involve the thigh, and up to a third involve the abdominal cavity. Liposarcoma tends to affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. When it does occur in children, it is usually during the teenage years. That’s why doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with with me. It’s a very, very, very! Rare type of cancer, especially rare for my age. I wasn’t properly diagnosed until October 19, 2017. 6 months of unusual, senseless pain. My treatment consisted of 5 weeks of radiation treatment, my treatment was 5 days a week Monday-Friday. My sessions were only 5 minutes of being on the table, IF that long. Radiation was pretty fast. Thankfully I didn’t have to get chemotherapy! The tumor was so enlarged, doctors were asking me was I sure I wasn’t pregnant because it was that big. They thought maybe I could be “pregnant in my back” but I wasn’t & I knew for a fact. After radiation treatment it shrunk to 10cm. It was in my abdomen area by the way, if you guys are wondering exactly where it was. Once radiation was done, I was able to go through with the surgery to get the rest of the tumor out. Luckily, it didn’t spread to any of my organs or any other parts of my body. When the surgery date finally came March 2, 2018. 95% of the tumor was dead, which was a good thing. The only risk factors myself and the surgeon faced was the fact that it was so close to some important nerves and if they weren’t super careful they could’ve bumped some nerves and I could’ve faced, possible nerve damage. There is SOME temporary nerve damage but it’ll come back with time. But today I️ am 100% cancer free! I just thank God everyday for the strength He gave me. I remained humble, kept my faith and hope high. I don’t tell my story for glory, I share my story so that other may know Hope. Don’t let cancer win, don’t let it take over! Fight it! FIGHT! No one fights alone, I support everyone! You’re never alone!

Becky Towery - my fight - March 10, 2018

Okay this is my story, I've been fighting ovarian cancer twice once in 2005, and now I'm going threw it now in 2017 and still going threw it, I've had a seven hour surgery too remove for tumor from my belly, and I've been doing lupron injections every three months which is like a blocker too keep the cancer from coming back, but now I started with pain in my belly again so my doctor thinks the cancer could be back so more testes should show me if it has! In a fighter and I will keep fighting!

Melanie Finlay - Climbing a mountain since 2015 - February 12, 2018

In 2015 started having a sensation, something crawling through my skull and by Dec got worse. January 2, 2016 watching TV and I lost my eyesight, then it came back. Went to Doc ran a MRI (because they had been monitoring a brain tumor since the 1990's)long story short grew a lot! No Neurosurgeon would touch me in the area so was referred to Indy. The tumor was located between the pituitary gland and brain stem. After a couple trips to the hospitals with issues I finally had surgery May 2016. Was a 10hr surgery. Pathology came back Low grade chrondrosarcoma. After yrs of being told it wasn't cancer to finding out that it was, was a bit of a shock! Went home was doing well from surgery, 5 weeks later got bacterial meningitis in my blood and spinal fluid, a week later woke up in ICU with a 4yr old mentality(I am 45) and not understanding anything. Had to relearn everything all over again (walking, thinking, showering etc) lost all my long and short term memory (still in therapy for this) Starting August 2016-Oct 2016 had Proton Beam Radiation for 8 weeks. Came home and have been in and out of Physical, Speech and OT therapies off and on throughout the year, waiting for my brain to mature. Last week finally got my long term back! I was very excited! I have come a long way and hopefully get my license back in April 2018. My last scan showed no new growth and its still dying.

Renae LeFrancois - Colon Cancer - December 26, 2017

I am going to tell my story so it may be a little long.....On Jan 27, 2015 ..I was diagnosed with Stage 3A colon cancer, how it was discovered was..I was at work and it was time for my break so as usual I went to the break room sitting and talking with other co-workers when suddenly I felt something wet so I quickly got up run to the bathroom and there it was 2 huge clots of blood well I didnt know what to think so I went to a co-worker and told her what had happened to me, she wanted me to call my Dr., so I did and they wanted me to go to the hospital right away...well the ER doctor examined me said she was going to admit me because there was a lot of blood and she was going to do a colonoscopy in the came back Cancer.. needless to say I had the long routine of going to a specialist getting checked and checked again...I started chemo and radiation 5 days a week for 6 weeks...luckily it shunk the tumor so then 4 motnhs later I had surgery and then had a port put in to do more chemo...which I only did 2 rounds and I had a carry pump hooked to me putting the chemo into my system..which i did 2 times a month..I was getting real sick from it so I stopped it against my oncologist reccomendation..I had to have a colocospy bag which I had for 6 October of 2015 I was cancer free and so far I still am. so what i want to say is STAY STRONG...IT CAN BE BEAT!!!


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