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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 only 35 and single with no children. I was also globally ranked in the IRONMAN triathlon.

Initially, I thought I wouldn’t be able to have children or do another IRONMAN. So having breast cancer treatment tailored to my unique needs was very important. I wanted doctors who would consider all...

Breast cancer survivor and triathlete Lisa Tecklenburg, with her husband, Eric Edelman

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....

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

At 26, small cell ovarian cancer was the last thing on Tabby Soignier’s mind. She wasn’t familiar with ovarian cancer symptoms, but she knew...

BY Brian Heard

I often joke that parenting is more difficult than cancer treatment. Some days I feel that statement holds true, but fatherhood is a challenge that I never take for granted.

In November 2007, I was diagnosed with stage IV Burkitt’s lymphoma, a rare and aggressive type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. At the time, I was 29, and my wife and I hadn’t yet started trying to conceive.

Fertility preservation before non-Hodgkin lymphoma...

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor Brian Heard

BY JMichael Shipman

Before I was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 21 last year, I only did self-checks in the shower when I remembered to. That translated...

BY Ashley Morgan

Over the years, my opinion on the biggest challenge I’ve faced as a result of my Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis has changed a few times.

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BY Brenna Huckaby

After losing most of my right leg at age 14 in November 2010 due to osteosarcoma, it was really hard for me to give up gymnastics. It had...

BY Sara K. Parker

When our daughter, Aaliyah, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma at age 9 in November 2016, my husband and I were singularly focused on her...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Jan de Chambrier had always envisioned herself as a mother to several children. In 1990, she and her husband were on their way to fulfilling...

BY Jenny McCarthy

I’m lucky. Because although I’ve worn the all-too-familiar MD Anderson patient wristband off and on since July 2015, I’ve never actually had...