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Patient Stories

No Pair, I Don’t Care!
Patient StoriesBreast CancerCOVID-19 & Cancer
In May 2019, Kiana Wooten went for a routine check-up. Read about how that routine visit turned into a breast cancer diagnosis for the 34-year-old Kiana, who had to be hospitalized during COVID-19.
Climate Change Plays Havoc on Weather Patterns, and on Skin Cancer Rates
Patient StoriesSkin Cancer
Mark Ryan, RN, is not worried about the impact of climate change on the weather, but on skin cancer, which he knows first-hand. A decrease in stratospheric ozone requires stringent environmental regulations to prevent cancer, he says.
Despite No Sex, We Were Never So Married
LymphomaPatient Stories
After putting off her neck pain for months, Susan Keller found that she had lymphoma, describing how her loving husband helped her change her attitude and persist through it all.
Deadly Kicks from the “C” Word
COVID-19 & CancerPatient Stories
Sabrina Steinback’s mom died from COVID-19 in 2020, and then Sabrina had a lumpectomy to remove breast cancer at the end of the year.
Dear Doctor
Patient Stories
Karen Ann Rowe writes an impassioned and heartfelt letter to the doctors who found their way into her life through her many run-ins with cancer.
My Story: Male Breast Cancer and Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Edward Sawa was waking up with headaches that disrupted his daily activities and ended up being diagnosed with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia and breast cancer. Read the lessons he’s learned as a male with breast cancer.
A Walking Miracle: My Cancer Journey
Patient StoriesLung Cancer
When Veronica Brent had a constant cough and shortness of breath from walking, her daughter suggested she should have a chest x-ray. The x-ray showed she had lung cancer, and a biopsy showed she had cancer on the pancreas. She was concerned how to break the news to the family.
Catastrophic Disability and Cancer in the Time of COVID-19
Patient StoriesBreast Cancer
Plunging from nightmare to nightmare, Serena was diagnosed with breast cancer, while her 39-year-old husband, Robert, had a stroke, which claimed his speech and movement, leaving him “trapped in a thoroughly trashed body.” Paying the medical bills added to their struggles during the pandemic.
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