Apr 12, 2021

Holding onto Hope for a Family while Facing Ovarian Cancer

Shelli Armstrong was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 29 before she was able to start the family she always wanted. In this guest post, she talks about her initial diagnosis and recent recurrence. Shelli explains her anxieties and struggles as she underwent chemotherapy and surgeries that affected her life and potential for her future family.

Apr 08, 2021

Seeing the Positive During Brain Cancer

For Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week, Krista Park Law shares her journey. After being diagnosed with grade III astrocytoma, brain cancer, at the age of 30, she remained positive and brave in the face of a difficult prognosis.

Apr 01, 2021

A Patient’s Perspective on Breast Cancer, Fertility, and Race

Tiana Rogers, PhD, was trying for a baby and working on her research career when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Though she describes her cancer treatment and fertility planning care as “textbook,” she knows Black women like her face worse outcomes than other racial groups when it comes to cancer, pregnancy, and various medical issues. Now she’s using her experience to help other women of color achieve health equity.

Apr 01, 2021

Finding a Way to Celebrate during a Time with No Visitors

Until the coronavirus pandemic forced hospitals to establish a zero-visitor policy, George Morales accompanied his wife, Rikki, to all her cancer treatments. Though he couldn’t come with her anymore, George was determined to be there when Rikki finished her last chemo treatment. With help from the HCI infusion team, he found a safe way to attend and celebrate with her.

Mar 26, 2021

This Lung Cancer Survivor Fundraises to Give Others Hope

“I can’t tell you how intimidating it is to walk into the doctor’s office and they say those three words—‘You have cancer,’” says Pat Wasilewski. Pat found a path forward through stage IV lung cancer with the many treatment options available to him. Now he raises funds for cancer research through events like Pink Park City to give others the same hope.

Mar 24, 2021

Sticking with the Positive through Multiple Myeloma

When Doug Stewart received an MRI after hurting his neck in a biking accident, the images revealed tumors wrapped around his spine. Doug was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. While recovering from his neck injury, he began cancer treatment. Throughout it all, Doug found a way to stay positive and hopeful. Now he has a full life, doing the things he loves and helping others.

Mar 19, 2021

Living with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome: Patients Share Their Experiences

Jenny Gray was expecting a baby boy when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Her leg was amputated and her son was induced at 35 weeks so she could begin chemotherapy. Jenny learned she and her son have Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS), which significantly raises the risk of cancer. Jenny and two other women talk about living with LFS and HCI experts discuss what to do if you have it.

Mar 08, 2021

18 Terrible, Wonderful Years: A Multiple Myeloma Patient Shares His Thoughts

“No one is guaranteed tomorrow. But here I am still,” says Dan Bammes, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2003. Dan says though the cancer-fighting drugs he took had severe side effects, they turned the immediate crisis of his diagnosis into a chronic health issue. He shares his thoughts on living with cancer for the past 18 years and what he has learned about life, death, and appreciating the present.