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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

Months after his chondrosarcoma treatment at another hospital, Chuck Lichtman developed a life-altering hernia. It made it hard to move, sleep...

BY Sarah Zizinia

In early 2009, Hilary McQuiston-Fall was enjoying an active lifestyle full of outdoor activities in San Francisco, California. But when the...

BY Andy Austin

Around April 2015, I started to experience mild headaches. They weren’t unmanageable, but they kept lingering. At the time, I didn’t think much of it, but one day around the middle of June, I noticed my tongue felt numb and weak. That was more concerning than the headaches alone, so I went to my primary care physician who ordered an MRI.  

The scan revealed a cancerous mass around the base of my skull involving the carotid...

BY Mike Snyder

The thoughts start kicking in about a week before I leave for MD Anderson. Once I've finished all the practical preparations, I struggle to...

BY Mike Snyder

Thank you, cancer. Yes, I'm serious when I say that. No, I haven't lost my mind. And I haven't discovered a strange, new side...