As I waited from 8:30 am for two doctors’ offices to call me back, I had four boys to contend with as I do any day of the week. I had to explain, “Not today, we’re waiting for Daddy’s doctors to call us back..so why don’t we go outside and play in the kiddy pool”, with the [...]
June 25, 2007, I thought I was going in for a routine Mammogram, Ultrasound and MRI right before my 35th birthday, due to breast cancer running in my family. Little did I know it was the day that changed my life forever!
I had known that there were issues in my family, my Grandmother and her [...]
My first contact with cancer was losing my grandfather to colon cancer. I can still remember my dad struggling to tell me of the diagnosis. The word survivor was never mentioned back then. Thirty years later I faced the same struggle telling my daughters that their grandfather had brain cancer. My dad fought strong for [...]
My experiences with the most profane word in the English language, “Cancer” has given me a life that I truly appreciate and it is because of that ”C” word, that I now live each day with special meaning and purpose. There are experiences in life that test the very fiber of your being, for me [...]
I am not a cancer survivor – I am a Cancer Warrior!
‘It is cancer I’m afraid.’ My surgeon laid his hand flat on his desk like a silent gavel coming down following a verdict. Having already had cancer as a young girl, I never thought I would hear those words again. I had done my [...]
The one phrase that defines me more than any other is ‘Cancer SURVIVOR’! It’s that simple – but behind that simplicity lies a rather complicated story.
I was diagnosed with seriously-advanced Testicular Cancer on 16 May 2000, just 3.5 months short of my 51st birthday. My cancer had spread from the testicle – a grapefruit-sized tumour [...]
I’m surviving two cancers, thyroid and breast. They were diagnosed about nine months apart. The thyroid cancer was found after my physiotherapist, working on my shoulder, told me to have my thyroid checked because it felt swollen to her. For a long while, I thought it might be a benign thing, not needing intervention up [...]
It was on the 13th of June 1985, and I had made a brief appointment with Doctor Dixon in The Brighton Hill GP Surgery (it is funny how clear all of this still is). Just to have a quick chat.
I made the first appointment at 9 a.m., because I had a very important business meeting [...]
The scariest words you never want to hear are “Mr. Sparks, we don’t know what that mass is in your neck and it may be malignant.” That sentence turned my life upside down and inside out. Nothing thereafter would ever be the same.
It all started so innocuously in late August 2008. My girlfriend, Carey, and [...]
March 24, 2008 was the day that I got news that changed my life; that was the day I heard the words: “You have breast cancer”. At first I thought there was some sort of mistake, I had a lump removed, but I was only 20 years old. I have no family history of breast [...]
My Name Is Gary Eudy. I am 55 years old and was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004. I had a colon resection in 2004 and thought my cancer was in remission. My checkups had gone down from 3 to 4 and then every 6 months. When I asked for my lab results in May [...]
I woke up on the morning of Tuesday, October 14, 2003 like any normal day. I was out the night before at a local bar watching the Red Sox play the Yankees at Fenway. I had fallen asleep on the couch, but awoke in the morning for work and didn’t feel right AT ALL. I [...]
I was 21 and a junior in college when I joined the cancer survivor club – diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor in my upper right lung on December, 26th 2003, the day after Christmas. I went from never being in a hospital since the day of my birth to living in hospitals with countless procedures [...]
My story begins in 1982, when I was 6 years old. That is when I lost my mother to Colon Cancer. In 1982, there was no talk of Colon Cancer being hereditary.
Fast forward 18 years. In January 2000 I consulted with my primary care physician about the loose stool I had been having. He ran [...]
Last year in February after three years of being ill, I began to feel extremely tired, and just feeling run down, so I sought medical advice. The Doctor decided to take a blood test, but when the results came back, they indicated that I was low on oestrogen. Due to my age 49 at the [...]
At the height of a promising career, two lovely twin boys, a happy marriage and lovely new dream home I was diagnosed with Stage IIIC Breast Cancer at the age of 40. I had always thought I lead the ‘good’ life to lower my risk. I practiced everything the advocates told me to. I prayed [...]
OUR STORY – BY “THE” MIKE TUFO (SYNOVIAL SARCOMA)
I’d love nothing more than to claim this story as my own, however it doesn’t belong to just me. This story includes my wife, Dianne and my children, who have been on this ride with me. It began in October 2007, while playing with my four toddler [...]
I began surviving breast cancer the day I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, on September 17, 2007. In the past 22 months, I have underwent seven surgeries, four rounds of chemotherapy, endocrine therapy, and endured multiple treatment related complications and side effects.
A month after I turned 40, I found a lump in my right [...]