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BY John Biondi

"Hmmm, looks like there's some stuff there," my doctor said as he read the report of my chest x-ray.

That "stuff," I figured, might be residue from too many years of heavy smoking. After smoking for years, I'd expected that one day an x-ray would reveal cancer.

As it turned out, the "stuff" wasn't cancer. But, that same x-ray and others confirmed a nodule in my right thyroid.

Turning...

John Biondi

BY Debbie Billings

My battle with brain cancer started in the fall of 2008.

I was at work when I began having some nasal problems and trouble completing...

BY Mary Dewberry

In January 1989, MD Anderson went smoke-free. It happened the same month and year that I started working here.

Now when people see...

BY Brandie Sellers

Before I even had a confirmed breast cancer diagnosis, one of my first thoughts was "I don't have time for cancer." I had a full-time job and am a single mom with children who were nine, six and three at the time. I had an active social life. I was teaching two yoga classes per week. How could I fit cancer treatment into my life?  

I was completely unprepared for my life to be consumed by cancer. But consume my...

Brandie Sellers with her children

BY Cherie Rood

My 20-year-old son Charles (Trey) Rood III is a junior at the University of Georgia. He was diagnosed with stage III melanoma when he was...

BY Justin Ozuna

Before proposing to Katie, I couldn't stop thinking about how the proposal would align with my cancer diagnosis and the uncertainty of my...

BY Marcy Kurtz

You know that sensation between when you step off of firm ground that's high up  and when you land again? The space in time where you...

BY Sandi Stromberg

Good news for non-small cell lung cancer patients undergoing a combination of chemotherapy and radiation: If you're experiencing side effects...

BY Judy Overton

Jeanette Sebesta has tackled many roles during a celebrated career as a regional actress in Houston. But recent real-life experience has been...

BY Sarah Hines - Social Work Counselor

"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we celebrate...