Best of Cancerwise 2017: 10 of our most-read patient stories of hope
In 2017, dozens of our cancer patients shared the stories of their diagnosis, treatment and life after cancer here on Cancerwise. As they told us about their challenges and fears, they revealed their strength, courage and resilience. And in the process, they each gave us hope.
Here are 10 of our most-read patient stories from 2017.
Ovarian cancer patient thankful for immunotherapy clinical trial When Cathy Tompkins complained of an unusual pain near her sternum, doctors took an X-ray and told her she was likely constipated. But when her pain persisted, a friend encouraged her to seek a second opinion. She was shocked to receive a stage IV ovarian cancer diagnosis.
“If I’d gotten the HPV vaccine when I was a kid, chances are good that I could have avoided the six weeks of chemotherapy and 33 daily rounds of radiation therapy I endured last summer, as well as all of the unpleasant side effects they caused,” Scott says. See why he’s become so passionate about the HPV vaccine.
But earlier this year, the stomachless runner completed the Chevron Houston Marathon, coming in just one minute shy of her 3:21 personal record. “Only through your trials do you understand your strength,” she says. Here’s her story.
Stage IV uterine cancer survivor: ‘Don’t give up hope’ When Moina Faruqui was diagnosed with stage IV uterine cancer in 2009, local doctors said she only had a short time to live. Refusing to accept this prognosis, her family encouraged her to seek treatment at MD Anderson under the care of Dr. Pedro Ramirez.
In the eight years since her first appointment, she’s seen her son get married and welcomed two beautiful grandchildren. “I consider myself one of Dr. Ramirez’s greatest success stories — and the poster child for MD Anderson,” says Moina, who now helps other patients through myCancerConnection, our one-on-one support program. Learn how MD Anderson gave Moina her life back.
In search of better odds, he came to MD Anderson. “Look, you’ve got a difficult case, but it’s just another Monday for us,” our Dr. David Rice told him. Read Jason’s story.
Acoustic neuroma, melanoma survivor spreads hope and positivity Shannon Long didn’t want her friends and family to have to sit around waiting and worrying about her during her 10-hour surgery. So she created a scavenger hunt full of random acts of kindness for her daughter and her friends to do while they waited at MD Anderson.
Clinical trial gives recurrent glioblastoma survivor hope When an MRI showed a new spot on Nicole Adams’ brain after two brain surgeries, a glioblastoma diagnosis, proton therapy and chemotherapy, our Dr. Barbara O’Brien recommended an immunotherapy clinical trial. And, so far, it’s working.
“You’ve got to believe in yourself and believe that you will beat this cancer,” Nicole says. Here’s her story.