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 [...]
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 [...]
“You have an 80% chance of dying and we’re going to amputate your leg.” This was what I heard the first time I had cancer, at the age of 15. The last time I was diagnosed, I was told to “tie up loose ends and live for the short term”. My mother got upset when [...]
I’ve been surviving ever since I was a little girl, although I really never put a name on what I was doing. Life didn’t always deal me a fair hand of cards, but at an early age I knew I only played to win, regardless of what was at stake. My parents divorced when I [...]
Truth be told I believe I have always been a survivor. We all have. In my mind, however, not everyone has been put to the challenge the way a cancer survivor has.
It wasn’t until I turned 40 years old that this was really put to the test.
When I turned 40 years old, at the end [...]
My journey starts a little before my diagnosis. On January 10th, 2007 my older brother was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. We rushed him to a hospital four hours away from our home town to be able to get the care he needed. He was in critical care for many of months and his only [...]
I started this bumpy ride a bit more than two years ago when I was 47 years old, and it has helped shape who I am today at 49.
In a good way.
No, being diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus – one of the fastest-growing forms of the disease – was not a good thing. Especially [...]
My side of the story…
My name is Miguel Jacobo and my journey begins when I was 22 years old. I had just moved back to my dad’s house from taking a “year off” in Las Vegas, where I was staying with my mom. I had moved back in October and by March my dad and [...]
I am Kim and I am 34 years old
My partner – soon to be husband – of 13 years is Bryan.
My sons are Daniel (6), Will (5) and my daughter Emma is 17 months.
I have a little sister, a mum, a dad and a little brother.
And we have melanoma.
I say we because cancer affects us [...]
I once read a quote from A.A. Milne. Christopher Robin says to Pooh, “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
The quote is so simply put, and is easy to dismiss; however, its sums up my cancer experience. People always ask me: “How [...]
It was March, 1987.
The doctor’s mouth was moving but I’d stopped hearing the moment he said the word cancer. I was sitting on the edge of the hospital bed trying to listen to a doctor who couldn’t meet my gaze as he explained how the needle biopsy results indicated the tumour in the ball of [...]
My tumor first made its appearance when I was 25 years old. I was living in Atlanta, I was working at a hospital, and I was having the time of my life. Suddenly, over the course of a few weeks, I started having sharp shooting pains down my right arm and noticed a lump in [...]
In July 2001, I was 34 years old, had been married 11 years and I got pregnant by accident. I say “by accident” because we were “waiting to be financially secure”. I now realize unless you hit the lottery you are never really financially secure!
So here I was, newly pregnant, planning my future and the [...]
Laurey Bikes – a bit of my story
For starters it is important to say I am a 21 year ovarian cancer survivor. And a 30 year uterine cancer survivor. I just turned 55 and feel as healthy and vibrant as I ever have. Life is a good thing.
Last year, when I was 54 I read [...]
Christmas chemo rescheduling put me next to Erica, a ginger-haired angelic-looking patient about my age, She was more vibrant than the other patients waiting for treatment. When I asked about this, she revealed her secret: a triathlon team. Soon, falling flat on my face would be the best evidence that I was surviving and [...]
Jeez, where do I begin? I could start by going back to July 17, 2002, when I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, but my story really begins in 1972 when I was just a fetus growing in my mother’s belly. As my body was forming, everything was coming along nicely…except for one thing. My intestines [...]
“Oh, The Places You Will Go!” My Journey with Cancer
“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”
For as long as I [...]
April 16th, 2001…the day that changed my life.
It was an early Sunday morning and I was on my way to work. I noticed a small lump on my neck. I didn’t think anything of it. I went along with my day, but the lump kept getting bigger. By days end, I had a lump the [...]
My story is different than most. In fact, I hardly feel like a “survivor” at all – I don’t feel like I measure up to all the strong individuals who received their diagnosis, invasive and debilitating treatments, and maybe (hopefully) a good prognosis after all the life-prolonging damage has been done. No, no… that’s not [...]
This is me….
My name is Jennifer (Jenni) Pates. Up until I was 23, I was like every other 23 year old. My main concerns were college, friends, having a good time and of course partying. Then in March of 2003 everything changed. I went in for my yearly pap and came out with cancer. I [...]
Thanks for the lessons, and Happy Father’s Day, Dad!
I was born a long time ago and was Jean and Sandy’s bouncing baby boy, James, a.k.a. Jamie. A review of the facts surrounding my arrival might lead one to believe that I was not supposed to be here. You see, seven years before I hit the [...]