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BY Aaliyah Parker

In November 2016, when I was 9 years old, I was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. My parents took me to MD Anderson, where I had chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy. I also got daily injections for 11 months, to keep me from developing blood clots.

I’m glad that all of those treatments worked, because I haven’t shown any signs of cancer since my surgery in February 2017. I still had to finish my treatments after surgery to...

Ewing's sarcoma survivor Aaliyah Parker

BY Robbie Johnson

Before I enrolled in one of MD Anderson’s triple-negative breast cancer clinical trial in November 2016, I was in a dark place. I’d been re-diagnosed...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Dana MacFarlane may have been the one who received a leukemia diagnosis, but she’s certain every one of her family members suffered just as...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Two-time widower Paul Nielsen was in excellent health at age 67. So the former marathon runner knew something was wrong when he started feeling tired all the time in the fall of 2015.

“I had to nap for a couple of hours almost every afternoon,” he says. “I couldn’t even make it to supper.”

Though concerned by his fatigue, Paul put off investigating it until his regular annual physical in January 2016. That’s when blood tests...

Cancerwise blog post: acute myeloid survivor Paul Nielsen connected with the woman that eventually became his wife during his cancer treatment, including a stem cell transplant

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

In the early 2000s, Virginia Plett watched her mother and aunt successfully undergo breast cancer treatment at MD Anderson. So when the Kansas...

BY Maria Newhouse

I recently finished my last chemotherapy treatment at MD Anderson in Sugar Land. It was a milestone that, at one point, I honestly thought...

BY Tarah Harvey

As a metastatic breast cancer survivor, I participate in a lot of support groups. I’m probably active in at least five or six on Facebook...

BY Misti DeMargel

Finding out that you need chemotherapy can be overwhelming. But as I’ve learned from working with cancer patients as a nurse over the past...

BY Rijon Charne

I’ve known I wanted to be an attorney since I was 4 years old, so I was excited to finally be finishing law school. After three grueling years...

BY Jill Carter

I received my cervical cancer diagnosis in May 2010, at age 45.

A routine Pap test came back abnormal, and my local doctor wanted to...