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Pamela’s Story (Traumatic Brain Injury)

I was ejected from a motor vehicle five years ago, which resulted in two brain hemorrhages from multiple skull fractures. The doctors revived me several times and implanted three titanium plates in my head. In addition to brain damage, I deal with a lot of head pain and pain from …

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Jennifer’s Story (Gastroparesis)

I have had stomach problems my entire life, but with age, I started having more. A few years ago, I started to get really nauseous while eating. Literally, I had to stop eating, or I would throw up. The acid reflux was unbearable, and I would throw up clear acid …

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Cristy’s Story (Uterine Cancer)

Hi, just a year or so ago, my daughter, Cristy, wrote my breast cancer story. I’m nearly 5 years free and so happy. Cristy was with me every step of the way, along with her brothers and my husband. Cristy lives 5-6 hours from me, but every three weeks, she …

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Liette’s Story (Cervical Cancer)

At the age of 19, I was diagnosed with stage 3B glassy cell carcinoma cervical cancer. My world was about to be flipped upside down. I was told they had no treatment plan yet, and I would need to be under an experimental trial, but I was up for anything …

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Angela’s Story (Colon Cancer)

Hello! My name is Angela Van Zandt. I’m 42 and a mother of three awesome kids. I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in Oct. ‘17.  I had no prior health concerns before this month. My cancer spread to my liver and lungs. I had surgery to remove a …

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Chris’s Story (Melanoma, Breast Cancer)

I was diagnosed with stage three melanoma in my twenties and spent twenty plus years chasing it around my body. After fifteen years of melanoma-free life, I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Over the last year, I have had three courses of chemo, a bilateral mastectomy and radiation. I …

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Jolene’s Story (Breast Cancer, Ovarian cancer)

I have debated writing this story, but decided if I can encourage just one person to stay strong and carry on, then it is worth it. I was a 42-year-old divorced mother of 4 and was working 3 to 4 jobs at a time. In March 2010, I was diagnosed …

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Lori’s Story (Amyloidosis)

I am a 40 year old mom of 2 living in Waterdown, Ontario. In 2016 I was diagnosed with primary AL Amyloidosis with multiple organ involvement. My symptoms started as far back as 2014, but it took me years to get a diagnosis. It is a rare disease and many …

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Mary’s Story (Breast Cancer)

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on October 1, 2013 – the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From the outset, I vowed to be transparent, and open about my diagnosis and treatment in my journey. I wanted to share my journey in hopes of helping others along the …

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Bridget’s Story (Breast Cancer)

My breast cancer story: At 38 years old, my gynecologist recommended I go in for my baseline mammogram. Baseline showed a small cyst in my right breast at the 4 o’clock position. After the results were given to my gynecologist, she recommended I see a surgeon to either watch it …

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Misty’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Diagnosed on February 15, 2017 with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, High grade DCIS. Stage 1 Grade 2. ER+ PR+ HER2- No lymph node involvement, Oncotype X score 34. BRCA – Negative. On my 43rd birthday, I rolled over in bed, and it hurt. Not thinking it could be anything, I did …

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Teresa’s Story (Breast Cancer)

I am currently being treated for breast cancer. In my early 20’s (1986) I began having several issues, for which I was diagnosed 6 years later. I had a pituitary tumor, causes terrible headaches, hormonal imbalance, etc. After surgeries, including gamma knife radiation, the tumor remains. Due to the hormonal …

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Pamela’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Breast Cancer Stories

After being in remission for 12 years and having a lumpectomy on left side, chemo and radiation, I was diagnosed 5 weeks ago on right side this time. No choice but to have my breast removed and then go back and remove the left. While in the hospital, I developed …

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