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BY Jackie Rodriguez

At age 21, most people are still discovering who they are. But I was being treated at MD Anderson for osteochondroma-associated de-differentiated chondrosarcoma. That’s a rare type of bone cancer originating in the cartilage. It’s usually found in much older men.

I’d never heard of MD Anderson before my diagnosis in 2015. But one of my mom’s friends in the Rio Grande Valley insisted that we go there. 

I am eternally...

Chondrosarcoma survivor Jackie Rodriguez

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

A hysterectomy is a common procedure used to treat gynecologic cancers, like ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and endometrial cancer, and other...

BY Shanley Chien

For people who hope to have children of their own, a cancer diagnosis can derail those plans. However, thanks to oncofertility experts, who...

BY Nicole Body

It wasn’t until I attended a relative’s socially distanced birthday party last spring that I really let myself consider the possibility of becoming a mom. My adorable nephew, Easton, was turning a year old. And about halfway through the celebration, my husband, Wes, caught my eye, and mouthed, “I want one.”

My heart clenched, because secretly, I did, too. The problem was, I didn’t know if I could give that to him.

Two years...

Nicole and Wes Body, with a sonogram of their baby

BY Emily Aldrich

When I learned six years ago that I carry a genetic mutation called CDH1, my initial response was anger. I had just gotten married, and my...

BY Eva Suarez

Discovering I had bone cancer when I was only 12 forced me to mature very quickly. Doctors found a growth about the size of an orange in my...

BY Krista Lusby

In 2016, my husband and I were trying to expand our family. A swollen lymph node almost derailed our plans entirely.

I’d felt the lump...

BY Callie Glaves

I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I became an aunt at a very young age, and I loved taking care of my nieces and nephews. I worked at a child...

BY Lisa Tecklenburg

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, but when I was diagnosed with it in November 2016, it didn’t feel that way. I was...

BY Jessica Douglas

When my husband and I got married in July 2014, we were looking forward to our honeymoon to celebrate the beginning of our lives together....