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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!!!

Deborah Wallace Roseboom - Not Again! - November 2, 2017

I lost my Dad 2 years ago to pancreatic cancer. He only lived 3 months from diagnosis. In May of this year (2017), my Mom was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones. We have been in and out of the hospital several times since then, mostly for pain control, but also for radiation treatments. She is taking an oral chemo medication to stop the growth, but it is terminal. I am an only child and her primary caregiver. It's so hard to watch her waste away and be in so much pain. She and my Dad are the best parents anyone could ask for. I was never able to have children,so when they are gone, I am all that is left. I know I will feel so alone, but I will always be grateful to have had them in my life.I can only hope that both of them know\knew how much I loved and respected them.

Angela Wrzos - October 22, 2017

We walked in our 1st Light the Night for my 34 yr old sister in law that was diagnosed with CML Leukemia this past spring. Our entire family chose the "No One Fights Alone" orange ribbon tshirt from and everyone received them without fail. However, our order was lost and UPS told us the conflict would take 8 days to resolve...the event was in 3 days. At about 12:00am, I sent an email with the details. The next morning, I received a voicemail stating that you re-sent us the order, don't worry about UPS because you would take care of it, and we received our shirts the next day!! We had our shirts for the walk and our entire family matching (@50 people). I am so impressed with your customer service and so very thankful! You really helped to make this event special for us, thank you so much!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

Annie - My Mom Gall Bladder - October 8, 2017

My Mom past away 2 years ago with gall bladder cancer. Alwsys kept all her appointments with doctors . Until one day she was getting sick went to the hospital had to get the surgery half of liver had to be remove and they found the cancer. They gave my mom six months to year. And she died within that year.

Anthony - Squamous cell carcinoma - September 25, 2017

Thank you Linda for sharing your story. I just went through the exact same thing. Dentist, specialist, surgeons etc. Now I'm starting my road to recovery. I have a long journey ahead, to get were you are at,but I know I can make it. I have a great support team, & your story gave me more inspiration. Thank you & God bless you and yours.

Patty Collins - September 22, 2017

I am an 8 (yes, I said 8) time survivor of primary peritoneal carcinoma. This is a rare form of ovarian cancer, which does not originate in the ovaries. Since 2005, I have had 3 cancer surgeries, and 8 years of chemo for this lovely disease. I would be treated, go into remission, only to relapse in 6 months or so, and go back on chemo. I have now been in remission for 2 years and my oncologist and I are praying for a long term or permanent remission. I still live my life from one oncologist appointment to the next, which is every 3 months. However, i am determined that cancer will not control my life, and I enjoy each day as a gift. I facilitate a cancer support group for all types of cancer, for newly diagnosed, in treatment, survivors, and their caregivers.

Amy Lee Lemasters - Miss - August 25, 2017

Amy Lee Lemasters - Miss

My name is Amy lemasters I have stage three lipoma scarcoma and been having chemo and I start radiation in a few months then surgery again it's really tuff cancer sucks and not having money to pay bills is too.i wish I could get a little help with everything.

Kelly Caufield - My father; My Hero - August 24, 2017

Kelly Caufield - My father; My Hero

I am participating in Light the Night because in May of 2016, I was personally touched by cancer. People always think, "No, cancer will never get me," because it is true, most people do not believe that they would acquire cancer in their lifetime. I know because I am one of those people with that same thinking, or rather 'I was'. Growing up I never knew of anyone that had cancer. Incidentally, I am not aware of anyone who sets up a cancer savings fund, just in case. Then in 2005, my father-in-law contracted the worst kind of brain cancer. I remember feeling sort of a panicky feeling in the beginning as his doctor informed us that he had a mere 3-6 months, at most, to live. However, I believe that due to his remarkable outlook on life and his illness, that God gifted him three more years of life! Life continued on, years passed by and things transpired; life went on to exist, until March of 2016, my dad became very ill with a variety of odd symptoms, the worst being bone pain. He was living in and out of the hospital. His symptoms consisted of severe arm, leg, elbow, chest pain, high fevers, internal bleeding and coughing up blood. They fixed the internal bleeding and sent him home with a misdiagnoses of bacterial pneumonia, where his condition worsened by the days and months. The doctors, baffled by my dad's mysterious symptoms, finally decided to perform a bone marrow biopsy FOUR months later, where they discovered tons of cancer cells. That day they diagnosed Dad with acute myeloid leukemia. It had finally hit home, especially since he and I were so close. I remember that I was at my mom’s house when my husband came to tell me of the bad news. He had stopped by the hospital at the exact moment they were telling my dad the news. Without even thinking, I booked out the front door as fast as my legs would allow and without shoes and I ran, ran and ran, until finally collapsing to the ground. I looked up toward the sky and asked God, “Why?” “So much tragedy has happened in my life, why would you allow my father to get such an illness,” but you see, after a lot of pondering, I discovered it wasn’t about me, but it was about my dad and his journey and what I could do to help. I had just recently chosen to try to reconcile my relationship with God after many years. I just needed to remember that God does allow miracles to happen and to not let my anger get in the way. I am extremely sad to say that my father lost his battle to AML. He is now at peace. I recall his wife had texted my sister and I early on the morning of August 24th, 2016 to tell us to hurry and get there. I unfortunately missed saying an official goodbye, as he was already gone by the time I arrived. Therefore, I walked into his house and just rested on the bedside next to him, held his hand and sobbed. A couple of days before he passed, he told me what a great job that I was doing for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, handed me a $500.00 donation check and asked me to continue the fight of all fights, in his honor, as well as all of the others; especially the children. This is why raising funds for blood cancers is so very important to me, because I want a cure found so nobody else has to endure such a tragic situation. I want to help save lives, because to me, your life is a gift from God. So one might ask, “How do we cure cancer?” The answer is, “DONATE.” My father is my biggest hero! I won't ever stop until there is more funding for research, more research centers and better patient quality of life! I also made him promises on things in my life that I would change and I am working hard on them, for I want him to smile down upon me. We never know what tomorrow can bring our way, therefore, we should not judge, but rather love. I now realize that perhaps I didn't have it so bad off before with my health conditions or other things, as compared to others' struggles. I have gained much admiration for cancer survivors and their families. Why I am fundraising: By raising funds and walking in The Light the Night walk event, I am participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's lifesaving mission and I would really appreciate your support! The funds I raise helps fund important cancer research, supports cancer patient programs and services, and goes toward other important activities that help save lives from cancer. Why I volunteer with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: By walking in a Light the Night event, I join more than one million global volunteers who are dedicated to finishing the fight against cancer. This is my opportunity to honor the cancer survivors in my life, remember friends and family I have lost, and to raise funds to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's lifesaving mission. Please join my team or make a donation in support of my efforts. Together, we WILL finish the fight! I WILL ALWAYS WORK to finish my dad's battle...until my last breath is taken. **"Tomorrow, I will for the second time, be losing my father to leukemia, as on 08/24/2017 will mark the 1 year anniversary of his death. Omg do I ever need you in my life right now, as all is crumbling down around me. I have been thinking over the past few days about the advice you would give me if we were sitting side by side and, well, I'm rather stumped. You see I kept most of my very private life from him, because I just never wanted to burden him. He knew though, a bit of the struggles my husband and I were having, but he never had a clue, as to the worst of it. I feel so completely lost without him, that some days, I just wished I were up there with him. So, I wonder what he'd say?"** All the best, Kelly Caufield

Coni - Cancer the Devil - August 22, 2017

The first time I was really aware of cancer was when in 1981 when my baby boy who was 22 months old had a Welms tumor, I lost him!!! Than my dad had to have bypass surgery they found cancer and gave him 6 months to a year he made it 6 months!!! Then I had two very good close friends from work die because of it, one was in his 70s the other just turned 50 and was fighting for custody of his son!!! Then of course I got it, they first told me I hd stage 5 lung cancer but come to find out really 4. Anyway, I did the chemo than the radiation and was out of ways but than comes a trial and my doctor came into the room smiling and said I was going to be in the study!!! It was for Updivo, that changed my life. I'm still taking it (it's been 3years) and will forever, but I think I have survivers remorse because I'm still around but my family and friends aren't. Most days I don't even think about it but there are the days I do and I can't do anything about it. But God, family and friends help!!! I have two mottos one being stay positive and stay away from anything negative. the other is NEVER GIVE UP!!! Thank you for letting me tell my story.

Chaurie Van Driel - Fighting back against brain Cancer - August 20, 2017

In April 2007, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Brain Tumor. At first, the doctors gave a year and a half to live. Then, they sent me to Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah and after surgery and Chemotherapy, I'm NIW celebrating my 10 year "Cancerversary".

Angela Bowling - My Husband and best friend of 30 yrs to Pancreatic cancer 6/7/17. - August 19, 2017

I have been with him since I was 19 years old and he was 27 years old. I was his third wife. How was young but wanted to have my own family and we had two boys they were seven years apart. We more than not had a great life but no matter what, Tim was the best husband father friend provider and was very supportive of everything we done. Not only did he go out and work everyday, he always did what needed to be done whether it was fixing things around the house the car helping with the boys from changing diapers to helping with extracurricular activities as they got older. He was a jack-of-all-trades but a master of none. In December of 2001 Tim got colon cancer and they took out part of his colon. We thought we were through with all that until 14 years later but I guess God had other plans because it came back with a vengeance on his pancreas and he is been fighting it for 3 years now. It went from his pancreas to his lungs his lymph nodes and liver and boy did he fight and he fought it hard. They did a Whipple surgery and they told him he was cancer-free one month and the next they said he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His biggest fear in leaving was it of death because he knew he would be in heaven with God. It was because he didn't want to hurt me and the boys he loved his family more than anything. Tim was 56 years old he was way too young to die and it is not for me to ask why because I'm sure God has his reasons. I wanted to be so selfish and just keep taking care of him but I couldn't anymore because I sat beside him day after day watching him suffer. He was losing his vision he was very confused and didn't know where he was most of the time but it's in God's hands now. I had told him it was okay to go with God to be with his father Cleve and his brother Daniel. He told me that he would be our personal angel, mine, his children and his precious baby girl Blake. I have tried to be so strong but sometimes I just couldn't control it and I had high so he wouldn't know that I was upset. But I had the biggest support from my boys my family and a couple close friends and the special light in my life my granddaughter Blake. This is to my son's Shane and Cory. I know sometimes I wasn't the best mother and I have made a lot of mistakes. I'm so sorry but I can't change the past but know this, that from this moment on... I promise that I will be the best mother and Grammy that I can be and like Blake you two are also that special light that will keep me going. I love you both from the bottom of my heart and I always will as long as I live and through eternity!!!

Kelly Caufield - Member with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - June 26, 2017

"Be a Voice, in someone’s Darkness” I never imagined that I would be here writing on a topic such as cancer, but here I sit, writing, as cancer has now stolen a piece of my heart. When my dad was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, is when I began to fight the fight. Two days before my dad lost his courageous battle; I looked straight into his sunken eyes and with wobbling cheeks, vowed that I would now take over. “Daddy, you’ve fought so hard. You can now let go of your ugly pain and run into the arms of your angels. I promise that I will continue to fight this battle, in your honor; until my last breath has been taken.” Today, one of my biggest passions is working alongside some remarkable individuals. They are the women and men who are affiliated with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Boise. Our mission: “To cure leukemia, Hodgkin’s & myeloma, as well as improving the quality of life for patients and their families.” (“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” 2017). One of our all-time favorite annual events is called, “Light the Night.” Think of it the way that our delightful instructor, Eva, taught us on how to ‘think BIG’ when using the bubble method, but instead, ‘think WALK.’ Now here is where the true camaraderie steps in! “Join approximately one million people at 150 inspirational evening walks across the U.S. and Canada, all walking to end cancer: (“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” 2017). You’ll notice the cancer survivors as they strut their stuff carrying a white lantern. Red lanterns are carried by supporters from all walks of life and those whom have lost a loved one(s) will walk bravely with their gold lanterns in hand. We strive to provide inspiration to all cancer patients, survivors and their families by offering tips on how to hold on to hope and teaching courage. We consist of a social family with one common goal in mind. You can find us via social media on the Web, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Awareness plays a vital role by educating patients and family members on where to find important information such as, support groups, learning about early detection, displaying advertisements across the country and access to affordable treatments. Participating is a very simple process and you can do so in a myriad of ways. Volunteers are brought on board; offering their services for free. Without volunteers, it is most likely that LTN would cease to exist. Members of our community display talented teamwork and make certain that LTN will be a great success. You begin by registering either online at,, phoning your district’s LLS office or via the mobile app. You can create your own team or join an existing team. There is no cost to register and LTN will surely make your heart smile. Once you’ve registered and established your fundraising and team pages, you do just that – fundraise. There are numerous ways in which to engage your target audience. Ask friends, family and co-workers to support your efforts. Hop onto Google, as there you will find hundreds of ways in which to earn donations. Our goal is to gather as many donations as possible, for without donations significant cancer treatments would not be possible; amongst other factors. We rely upon donations which go toward bettering a blood cancer patient’s quality of life, funding more research centers and finding cures.

Warren Taylor - June 10, 2017

My Family and Friends have adopted the saying " No one Fights Alone" for my motto. Never written anything, but I wrote this in honor of my family and Friends who battle with me. WT No One Fights Alone When I go to bed at night My mind shows me the fight I sometimes shiver to the bone But I know I am not alone My family and Friends are there To wrap there arms around me like a bear I know there are days that can be rough Those are the the times I get tough I look forward when the sun comes up I put a lot of love in my cup I begin my day with many smiles Knowing that I have to walk many miles Because there are things that won't be fun I gain strength from the warmth of the sun I can not comprehend The Love I feel from Family and Friends I look to the heaven above So I can feel the love That I can be shown That "No One Fights Alone" -Warren Taylor

Christan Beckley - My Story - June 7, 2017

A month ago I was enjoying life, 20 yrs old, working and going to School, but before you know it BAAM, I went to the ER because I wasn't feeling well. I had a fever that wouldn't break, so I was admitted for that and low and behold they took some blood and found out that I have Leukemia never in a million years I would have Cancer. I must say I'm scared, but I know God got me I start Chemo sometime this evening , so I solicit your prayers

Gabrielle Nelson - Healed by Faith - May 22, 2017

Gabrielle Nelson - Healed by Faith

1 year and 6 months after losing my older sister to Stage 4 Kidney Cancer, I got diagnosed with Stage 2 Osteosarcoma. We were both diagnosed at the very same age, 24 years old. The odds were/are incredible. To keep my chances of living high, I received a total hip and femur replacement on the left side of my body at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in 2015. I spent 1 month and 1 week in the hospital, learning how to walk again and do every day activities. Once I was released from the hospital, it was time for me to begin my journey with chemotherapy. The Lord answered our prayers with the scans that came after, they showed no sign of spreading and caused my chemotherapy journey to only be a preventative one. In April 2015, I started my 3 drugs of Methotrexate, Cisplatin and what Oncologists call "The Red Devil" drug. The regime was very harsh, due to my very rare and aggressive type of cancer, and caused me to be a 3-day, inpatient in the downtown hospital. With my family having to travel from the Midwest to California to help me through treatments, the financial burden became too much. It was a better option for me to gather my newly started life and move back home with my parents. On crutches and sometimes in a wheelchair, I began treatment and physical therapy at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. With a shorter chemotherapy schedule and my aggressive determination to get better, I was finished with treatment and receiving clear scans by August 2015. With another shot at life, I decided to start out fresh in Phoenix, Arizona where my healing was able to occur easily. By July 2016, I had my own apartment and was living on my own with a new perspective on life and a closer relationship with God. Things got very confusing in August 2016 when another tumor was found in my lower spine. Due to previous back problems that summer of 2016, I knew it was going to be another cancer journey. By September 2016, I was back in Indiana living with my parents and going through chemotherapy for the second time. Though my Stage 2 Osteosarcoma had gone up to Stage 4, my new chemo drugs were softer and gave me the chance to receive them as an outpatient. As a recent cancer survivor, I knew another lifestyle change needed to be made. I became much more intense with what I was doing, besides chemotherapy, and even experienced going vegan. The odds of my condition was extremely confusing for my doctors, as they scrambled for ways to treat me. In an attempt to put this behind me once more, my parents and I decided to take more drastic measures by doing Precision Genomics Testing and Proton Therapy Radiation, which caused constant headaches with insurance companies. Currently, I am awaiting the results from my radiation and consuming an anti-cancer drug that was specially picked out for me from my Precision Genomics testing. Though I continue to have my aches and pains, and find myself in a great financial drought, I am confident that my faith will continue to keep me standing. It has become my hobby, job and calling to continue motivating other cancer survivors and passing on my story and the legacy of my late sister, Jillien.

Amy Lemasters - Scarcoma - May 13, 2017

I have stage three myxoid liposarcoma agreesive starting treatment the 22 of may it's really hard for me.trying to get my head together and famliy

Amanda - Lost my grandmother on Friday - April 11, 2017

My grandmother was diagnosed with Liver cancer two years ago, and she passed away on Friday, April 9th. She was a big part of my life and a huge supporter of me. When my first career tanked, I decided to go back to school for a different major than I am pursuing now. On my birthday last year I had this epiphany that I wanted to go into Horticulture and become an organic farmer. She was praying for me that day, and probably at that very moment. I called her to tell her what I decided and she was ecstatic! We laughed because she grew up on a farm, but married a city boy and never wanted to live on a farm again, but she was so supportive of my goals, even if they were not something she herself would have liked to do. I was the first grandchild and I was named after her. We had an almost psychic connection via the telephone. I called her fairly frequently (Young people: CALL YOUR GRANDMOTHER!!!) and many times she would say "Oh, Amanda, I was just thinking about you when the phone rang!" I was blowing up my mom's phone at the moment she passed away (because my mom was by her side)... I didn't know consciously that she was passing, but it's like I knew.... I can't explain it. But it gives me chills. I just purchased some emerald green buttons and keychains for my backpack to honor her and go with all the pink ribbons already adorning it. I have two different types of breast cancer in my family, and my grandmother just passed away of liver cancer. I just wanted to share that and get it off my chest. Jackie was the nitrogen in my garden, she gave me fuel to grow. I dedicate my Hort life to her, and the scholarship I recently received. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone to any kind of cancer, and if we all band together we can find a cure. Brightest Blessings!

Karaley Joyner - When I was Young... - March 23, 2017

Hello Im am 14 years old and i was born with CLL. CLL stands for Chronic Lymphoctic Luekima, I was also born with AHA. AHA is a disease were my antibody's eat my red blood cells and they slowly die off. My CLL has gone away now and i have been in remission for a long time, But sadly i still have my AHA. AHA stands for Auto-Immune Hemolytic Anemia. It causes me to have muscle fatigue, Random Vomiting and some other bad stuff. But with the help of doctors and other people around me i learn to get through it. My friend Kendyr Helps me get up sometimes, or walk when its hard. And my friend Halie knows when to make me laugh. Every few months i go to the doctors to get my blood levels checked, But since Last year they have been going down. Doctors believe that my Cancer may come back. Due to my white Blood cell count. But i hope not. For all those people out there having to go through radiation and chemo....I feel ya, It hurts. I understand. But thanks for Reading my story. Happy Auto-Immune Awareness month!

Shawn Mauldin - TC 1/31/2017 - February 21, 2017

I'm 28 and less then a month ago on 1/31/17 I received my diagnosis of testicular cancer. I had surgery to remove my left genitali on 2/2/17. It developed on the outside. CT scans show signs on my lower lymph nodes and will be starting BCP regiment of Chemotherapy on 2/27/17 and have at least 3 cycles planned. Took my chest CT on Saturday and will be going over the results on the 27th fingers crossed it hasn't developed that far.

Linda L Doom - stage 4 head and neck survival - February 12, 2017

Linda L Doom - stage 4 head and neck survival

In January of 2014 I went to the dentist because of a tooth problem and he found a tumor under my tongue. He sent me to an oral surgeon who took a biopsy and found that I had stage 4 cancer of the mouth and tongue. On February 11, 2014 I went to the University of Michigan and had surgery . They replaced my jaw, three quarters of my tongue, and took out three lymph nodes. The doctor at U of M gave me one choice, either have the surgery or go home and prepare to die. I chose to live knowing that my life would never be the same again. I had a feeding tube for two and a half years, I had to learn to swallow and talk again. I had the chemo and the radiation to stop the cancer from spreading. Throughout my recovery I had a great support group. I had my days of depression and wanting to give up but they seen me through it. It has been three years since my surgery and I can say that I am now in full remission. I have to eat my food pureed but I can eat most anything. I do not have the feeding tube. I talk fairly well with few problems. I am alive and have been truly blessed with family and friends who care. I went into this with a positive attitude, and stayed alive with a lot of work. The doctors did not tell me everything about what my life would be like afterwards. It is a learning experience, one in which I would like to share with those patients and families who are going through a similar situation. God bless those who walk this cancer journey.


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