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BY Ronda Wendler

When Trena Robertson’s left hip began aching, she visited an orthopedic specialist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her hometown.  

“The doctor said I might have arthritis,” Trena recalls. “He prescribed some pain and anti-inflammatory medications, but they didn’t help.”

Little did Trena know that her painful hip was not arthritis, but instead was a symptom of multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that develops in the bone...

Trena Robertson sitting at her kitchen counter

BY Ronda Wendler

Ever since Robin Birthisel was diagnosed with a slow-growing type of multiple myeloma 10 years ago, she’s experienced unpleasant side effects...

BY Ronda Wendler

Growing up in El Paso, Jon Filbert loved collecting autographed Major League Baseball trading cards.

“I really was into it, and I still...

BY Ronda Wendler

Since childhood, Birdia Churchwell has been fascinated by science.

“I was interested in the why, so I spent my time reading, asking questions and analyzing things,” she says. “I wanted to understand things, not just memorize them.”

That natural curiosity led Birdia, now 86, to a lifelong career as a science teacher and school district administrator.

But four years ago, Birdia’s interest in science turned deeply personal...

Birdia Churchwell portrait

BY Ronda Wendler

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death. Each year, more people die of lung cancer...

BY Ronda Wendler

Julia Pitts knew something was wrong when, at age 62, she started bleeding and cramping.

“I thought when my menopause ended years earlier...

BY Ronda Wendler

Steve Castellaw got much more than a haircut when he went to see his stylist. He also got the first clue that led to his lung cancer diagnosis...

BY Ronda Wendler

When Maribeth Holzer asked her family doctor about a curious lump in her right armpit, she never suspected it was follicular lymphoma...

BY Ronda Wendler

Charles Salazar lives in New Jersey, but considers Houston his “second” home.

For four years, he and his wife, Debbie, have been traveling...

BY Ronda Wendler

Natalie Sanchez knows that entering a treatment center like MD Anderson for the first time can be very intimidating for a newly diagnosed...