Archive for May, 2009

“My Voice” by Mike Terry

"My Voice" by Mike Terry

I grew up with a Mother who was an RN, so I learned about cancer at an early age. Mom always told me that the cancer patients who do the best are: “those who are involved in their treatments, those who have a good attitude, and those who can laugh.” So I guess you could [...]


“My Voice” by Eric Charsky

"My Voice" by Eric Charsky

What do you get when you are speaking to someone who was born as a “blue baby”, who later at age two drowned and was resuscitated, at fifteen was DOA and knows the feeling of cold paddles being applied to his chest and shocked twice to keep him alive while in a coma for five [...]


“My Voice” by Cathy Bueti

"My Voice" by Cathy Bueti

I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer at 31 years old but my survival story begins much earlier.  I grew up with a father who was an alcoholic and as a result I suffered abuse as a child. This destroyed my parents marriage and my relationship with my dad.  Somehow we all survived and [...]


“My Voice” by Thomas Waters

"My Voice" by Thomas Waters

Tommy Waters – ‘Survivor’

Torn Soul
I’m haunted like nightmares by never-ending days of anxiety.
Sleepless nights of uncertainty about the future take over me.
Feeling imprisoned and struggling to find a way to be set free.
I remember that one way is to look toward the Almighty.
Frequently I’m inundated with confusion and ambivalence.
Praying to the Lord one day while [...]


“My Voice” by Danielle Krapinski

"My Voice" by Danielle Krapinski

In March of 2006, I began experiencing more health problems the most 20 years old have to deal with.  It began with backaches, numbness to my right side and headaches that would make me vomit and last for up to three days.  Doctors really were just treating the symptoms.  The first MRI I had done [...]


“My Voice” by Ginny Striewig

"My Voice" by Ginny Striewig

I was diagnosed with an Oligodendroglioma, grade I or II in January of 2006 after surgery to remove 60% of it. The remaining 40% was inoperable so I took Temodar (an oral chemotherapy) from June 2006 to August 2007. Remaining tumor is all but gone. I have had MRI’s every three months and there has [...]


“My Voice” by Katie Brown

"My Voice" by Katie Brown

I was diagnosed with early stage cervical cancer at age 22.  I think because the cancer was found so early and was removed, I didn’t think of myself as a survivor then.   The doctors and nurses glossed it over, and aside from the follow up exams that I found annoying, I went about my life [...]


“My Voice” by Kendal Seidel

"My Voice" by Kendal Seidel

My name is Kendal Seidel. I was diagnosed at the age of 34 with stage 3c ovarian cancer. My story, however, begins much earlier. I was adopted as an infant. My adoptive parents had no knowledge of any negative medical history from my biological family. I began having some “female” problems very early on, almost [...]


“My Voice” by Jasan Zimmerman

"My Voice" by Jasan Zimmerman

I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.  I know, I’m thirty-three years old, nine years into a “career,” but really, I have no idea what the future holds.  Of course, to me, the future is only two or three months down the road, not thirty or forty years.
That’s the nature [...]


“My Voice” by Scott Joy

"My Voice" by Scott Joy

One spring night, I was shocked to find my right testicle was twice normal size. My doctor diagnosed it as a hydrocele. When it kept getting larger, I was referred to a urologist. On June 5, 2003, I had surgery to remove the testicle, now containing a 9 cm tumor.
I had already tried to memorize [...]


“My Voice” by Matt Wakefield

"My Voice" by Matt Wakefield

My  name is Matt Wakefield, I’m from Birmingham, England and I am a Survivor.
I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in June 2000, but that was only after ignoring the small pea-sized lump on my left nut for seven months. You know what us guys are like- feeling invincible, and the thought that it may be [...]


“My Voice” by Brandon ‘Erk’ Erkkila

"My Voice" by Brandon 'Erk' Erkkila

It all started in the fall of 2005 while I was attending college in Michigan. On September 23rd I was lifting weights with friends and did a little too much on the squatting rack. That night I started to get a bit still and sore in my legs and decided to head to bed. I [...]


“My Voice” by Carrie Robison

"My Voice" by Carrie Robison

When Lynn asked me to write my story for his site, I was hesitant.  Even though I promised him I would share a portion of my story, I had reservations.  The main reason for my hesitancy is I don’t have a cancer story that “fits” the journey of so many others I have talked to [...]