Survivor Stories

#POWERofONE

Every minute, one woman is diagnosed with cancer in the United States.

That’s one mother. One daughter. One wife.

These are the stories of women who have fought cancer. They give us HOPE

Mountain Top Vision…

In the middle of the deepest valleys of life, it is hard to see the emerging blessings, hard to see how the very circumstances that are contributing to the hardest days are the same circumstances that are unfolding to save your life. Yet, Shannon Johanning saw the blessings while standing directly in the valley. She

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Why We Share…

There is a reason we share the stories of survivors; a reason so many women are willing to share their path, their struggle, their strength. Crystal Jordan is one of the reasons. In June 2019, Jen Hoverstad, a stage 3 breast cancer survivor, shared her cancer fight with a group of women. Jen spoke as

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Overcoming Cancer…

Today, Virginia Tanner is a charismatic college sophomore, pursuing her education with an eye on becoming a pediatric oncologist. If you saw her walking across campus at the University of North Carolina, you might never know what she has been through – and that was her goal from the beginning of her journey with cancer.

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Listening…

A stage 3 uterine cancer survivor, Maureen Brown is used to listening to her body. She encourages others to do the same. Listening saved Maureen’s life. When she was initially diagnosed with uterine cancer, she elected (at her doctor’s advice) to have a radical hysterectomy, followed by rounds of chemotherapy. She opted out of radiation

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Ordinarily Extraordinary…

If you were lucky, life when you were 14-years old was relatively uncomplicated. Relatively ordinary. Sure, there was the occasional crazed cram session for the upcoming algebra test. Maybe there was a big game on the horizon or a recital where the final note would spell relief. Even so, life was good — if you

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Celebrating the Wins…

Agnus Berenato sat on the scorer’s table in Reynolds Coliseum on the evening of Kay Yow’s 500th win – waiting for a slice of cake. She figured she had helped Kay Yow reach the 500-win milestone– both as a student-athlete at the University of North Carolina and as head coach at Georgia Tech – she

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A Reason to Give Back…

At 34 weeks pregnant, the emotions of anticipation are reaching an all-time high. The anxieties, excitement, and sense of wonder are all about to culminate in the birth of a child. Naturally, questions run through the mind: Will he have his daddy’s eyes? Will he have his mom’s smile? At 34 weeks pregnant Claren Englebreth

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No Time For Rest…

Kay Yow was diagnosed with cancer in August 1987. Thirteen months later, she led the United States to a gold medal in women’s basketball at the 1988 Olympic games. Coach Yow used to say, “If rest could cure cancer, I would rest.” But rest does not cure cancer—so Coach Yow did not rest. She coached.

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