In the summer of 2013, my 39-year-old husband, Todd Jackson, our 4-month-old daughter, Allie, and I were living the life we had dreamed of and worked hard to achieve, when our bliss was interrupted by Todd’s strange speech symptoms. Brain surgery and a diagnosis of glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, followed over [...]
News: Stories of Survival
My name is Wade Hayes. I am a singer/songwriter/ musician here in Nashville. I can now add colon cancer survivor to my resume. I started this journey back in 2011. I had been experiencing symptoms for a few years such as minor bleeding and lethargy. I attributed my symptoms to heavy weightlifting and a hectic and [...]
M y cancer story is not unique, not special in any way. But telling my story is a form of therapy for me—a way to exorcise some of the less pleasant details of an unexpected journey and exalt some important things I learned along the way.
As a sports-crazy 14-year-old, Matt Bulow had his leg amputated below the knee. After Paralympics bronze medals and a world record in long jump, he is now helping others reach their mobility goals as a prosthetist.
The phrase “breast cancer” has been part of my lexicon for as far back as I can remember. As a young child, I heard the phrase when my mom told stories about my great-grandmother. I remember hearing that Mama Jacobs “nursed with only one breast.” I gleaned from the adults around me that “nursing with [...]
When Terri Seale’s 17-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia last year, Terri decided to share all the successes and setbacks along Natalie’s road to healing in an online journal.
From the personal digital camera with which she discovered her tonsil cancer to the multimillion dollar “cameras” she sold professionally, photography has played an important part in Debra Sheridan’s life and cancer journey.
A lymphoma diagnosis and other personal tragedies derailed Charlotte Scalf’s plans for a relaxing retirement. But with the support of her family and stem cells from her “angel donor,” she triumphed over the disease.
“It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.” – John Steinbeck In late January of 2006, I was looking neither at tide pools, nor at stars. I was staring intently – just as I am now, as I’m writing this – into a [...]
“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind – or forgotten.” – from the animated movie Lilo & Stitch. A few years ago, “ohana” – for me – basically meant my mom, my dad and my brother. Since losing my mother to a rare form of cancer, “ohana” has come to mean much more. [...]