Colon cancer, when it came, tiptoed into Jeanetta Fargo’s life. “I felt great. I was working out all the time…I never felt better in my life.” There had been abdominal spasms a year earlier—discounted when an ultrasound revealed nothing. Even an abnormal screening test during her annual physical exam, and a recommendation from her doctor [...]
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Music has always filled Andrew Leahey’s mind and his heart. With a mom who taught music classes, Leahey spent his early years in Richmond, Virginia, plinking on the keys of the family piano, listening to melodies and singing along. “I thought it was just normal, that everybody walked around the house singing all the time. [...]
Myth: Ovarian cancer does not have symptoms. Fact: It does. Cheri Barrow knows this all too well. In 2007, after months of struggling with severe bloating, reduced appetite, lower pelvic pain and hot flashes, the Elkton, Ky., school teacher went to the doctor and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She is currently on her fifth [...]
Lori Stegner has spent most of her life entertaining audiences, starting with family and friends during her childhood.
Kim Brewer is off and running after two treatments for bladder cancer, which often recurs, making it the most expensive cancer to treat.
With her husband stationed overseas in Korea and an active 1-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter in tow, Erin Allmon decided she was way too busy to have any further complications in life. So when she went to be tested for a familial gene mutation that might cause pancreatic cancer, she was determined that there was [...]
Dori Brown’s spirited battle against acute myeloid leukemia inspired her friends and family to raise money to fund research on the disease.
Michael Greene had one of the most aggressive and rapidly fatal forms of brain cancer: a glioblastoma. His parents are now continuing the fight against the disease by supporting research at Vanderbilt-Ingram.
Jimmy Caldwell found respite in woodworking until his diagnosis with an “unusual” stomach tumor. Vanderbilt is hoping to make diagnosis and treatment of these unusual tumors routine with the establishment of the Vanderbilt Neuroendocrine Center.
On April 17, 2006, Jeff Kidwell bent over to pick up a 5-gallon paint bucket and felt a stabbing pain in his back. The residential contractor shook it off — pains like that seem to come with the job. That evening there was blood in his urine. Still, he wasn’t concerned. At 5 o’clock the [...]