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I Found a Lump on My Left Breast Yesterday
Patient StoriesBreast CancerFamily Members
Dr. Gwamna lost her younger sister to breast cancer, and a friend to ovarian cancer that spread to her stomach, so when she discovered a lump on her breast she was frozen in fear.
Yesterday, Over My Shoulder
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While writing about her experience grieving for her husband, Joyce Karney notes the lasting impact of memories, quoting the poet Robert Frost: “In 3 words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”
What Does Cancer “Feel” Like? Feeling Hollow Inside, but Wearing a Smile
Family MembersCaregiversMelanoma
Christine Tabery digs deep into the emotional landscape of dealing with cancer as a caregiver to her husband, who has metastatic melanoma, feeling everything he feels just as if it were happening to her.
The Anxiety of Losing Dad to Cancer
Family MembersCaregivers
Yasmina Rebani-Lee lost her dad after a 3-year battle with metastatic colon cancer. She describes how his battle affected her and her family’s anxiety and general well-being.
Quality Over Quantity
Family MembersBreast CancerEnd of Life
Adriana Santiago had to learn how to be a support system for her mom during the COVID-19 pandemic, after her mom was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in November 2020, and why quality of life is key.
Honoring My Daughter’s Last Wish to Swim When She No Longer Could
Family MembersPediatric Cancer
Sometimes we have to deal with the impossible. Vicki Bunke’s daughter, Grace, died from osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, a day before her 15th birthday. This is a heartbreaking story of how Vicki honored her daughter’s life.
Judging the Book, Not the Cover
Family MembersPancreatic Cancer
Shanea Irierose Drown shares her personal story of overcoming expectations, rising to the challenge, and seeing people for who they really are, not what their dubious reputations may lead us to believe.
The Love of Others Keeps Us All Alive
CaregiversFamily Members
Douglas Herman, who lives with stage IV prostate cancer, highlights the strength that love provides, noting that giving and receiving love are both powerful in their own way.
Coast-to-Coast Bike Ride for Cancer: Riding in Peter’s Memory
Patient AdvocacyFamily Members
Mark DeLong’s son Peter was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, at age 14, and died when he was just 16. Mark uses advocacy to raise funds for cancer research in Peter’s memory.
A 40-Year Battle Against Breast Cancer: How I Continue to Honor My Sister’s Dying Wish
Breast CancerFamily Members
Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, shares her inspiring story of how she started one of the most impressive cancer foundations in the country by keeping a promise she made to her older sister, Suzy.
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