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BY Michelle John

I've always had to fight for my health. I had my left leg amputated at age 1 due to a birth defect, and I was born with the sickle cell anemia trait.

When I was 21, I watched my mom die from complications of sickle cell anemia. 

I had open-heart surgery for a heart defect discovered in my 20s. Then, I had fibroid surgery six months later.

Up to that point, I'd been through a lot, so I was overwhelmed...

Uterine cancer survivor Michelle John poses outdoors

BY Tralisa Woods

My whole career in financial services has been about creating positive experiences for other people. But I never knew how different one hospital...

BY Jenny Montgomery

For Bridget Reeves, ringing the bell after completing six months of chemotherapy for breast cancer was “a big deal.”

Soldiering through...

BY Virgil Woods

I am a very skeptical person, so when I hear things described as “the best,” I don’t really believe it. But MD Anderson has been called the best cancer hospital in the world for years. And now, I know it’s true.

My wife, Tralisa, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in late 2017, at a hospital near our home in Dallas. We came to MD Anderson for a second opinion.

It was there that we learned she’d been misdiagnosed. My wife...

Uterine cancer survivor Tralisa with her husband Virgil Woods

BY Pedro Ramirez, M.D.

I didn’t always want to be a doctor. When I first started college, I was a double major in literature and biology. I thought I’d be a literature...

BY Tralisa Woods

Looking back, the symptoms of my uterine cancer seem a little more obvious to me now. I’d had heavy and irregular periods my whole adult life...

BY Becky Black

I found out I had cancer by chance. I’d had menstrual issues since my first period, and my cycle was never normal. When I was 14, a doctor...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

We often hear about lymph nodes when we talk about how cancer spreads. That’s because when cancer starts to spread, it often goes to the lymph...

BY Pamela Soliman, M.D.

As a gynecologic oncologist, I see women with every type of cancer related to the female reproductive system, except breast cancer. I treat...

BY Tara Kirk

When I was 6 years old, my mother died from cancer. She was only 35, and at the time, her death came as a shock to everyone in our family....