Death Zen – Katelyn Perigard, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor +
Cancer hit me when I was already down – I was struggling financially, questioning my life choices, and fighting depression already. When cancer hit it almost felt like a relief to have a very clear focus – just get better, just survive. Nothing else mattered. That sense of relief is an oddity about my experience […]
Normal Was The Goal – Fuck Cancer +
Normal was the goal. It was the light at the end of the complicated, long, and difficult tunnel that is cancer treatment. I was 18. I was in my second semester of my senior year of high school. My whole life was ahead of me. So, normal was what kept me fighting. It was all […]
Why Me? – Curtis, Bladder Cancer Patient +
My symptoms started with me urinating more frequently than usual and feeling tired from time to time; however, the symptoms would come and go.  For nine months I endured innumerable tests which all had mostly normal results until December 2015 when a CT scan showed spots that were concerning to my Urologist in my lung […]
Treading Water – Katelyn Perigard +
Weirdly, the last time I remember feeling close to normal is when I was sick, during my first treatment regimen. After I’d lost my hair, moved in with my parents, and learned the ins and outs of what my treatment would entail. I attribute the bizarre feeling of contentedness I had during those first few months to […]
Thriving with Compassion: Dr. Ritu Trivedi-Purohit’s Story +
Dr. Trivedi-Purohit has always been drawn to compassionate care. Growing up, she knew that she wanted to be involved in medicine, but wasn’t convinced she wanted to be a physician. While exploring different medical fields in school, Trivedi-Purohit says, “I was drawn to the providers who were able to sit and talk to their patients […]
Cancer Doesn’t Have Me — Brenna Crowe, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor  +
Being told you have stage 4B Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer the age of 21 is not something many people experience in their lifetime. In 2013 that was my reality, and it is something I have lived with every single day since. My symptoms were overlooked for more than a year until I was eventually so sick […]
What Cancer Doesn’t Want You To Forget – Sean Windle +
I almost died when I was sixteen. I had leukemia, and after a year of chemotherapy, a relapse, more chemo, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, the cancer was gone. Life would finally return to normal, I thought. Except it didn’t. Barely halfway through my second decade in this world, I realized that cancer had […]
The Final Scan – Brittany, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Survivor +
When I was told that I was in remission/cancer-free on January 17th, 2001 at the age of 16 years old I was so happy! I was diagnosed on December 12th, 2000 at the age of 15 years old just 1 month away from my sweet 16 birthday. I had been been given 3 weeks to […]
A Doctor’s Daughter -Jana Bolduan Lomax, PsyD +
I was raised in a family dedicated to healthcare and service. My father is a physician and my mother and grandmother were nurses and my grandfather a fireman/EMT. Throughout my early years, I spent much time at my father’s urology practice office where he frequently was treating people diagnosed with prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers. […]
In the Face of the Unknown – Kelly, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Survivor +
The whole experience was one unexpected experience after another. I was 18 when I was diagnosed, no 18 year old expects to have to deal with a cancer diagnosis or chemo. I suppose there were two big things that struck me the most however. The first was how quickly my cancer took hold of my […]