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

Paying it Forward…

In March 2018, I was diagnosed with an aggressive, stage 3 breast cancer – invasive ductal carcinoma that was HER2+.= I was 34 years old, my kids were 11 months old and 3 years old, my husband and I were supposed to be celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary in April. Cancer was the last thing

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Decades of Hope…

For those who wonder about the advancements being made in cancer research, one of the truest measures of progress is not explained by numbers it is measured in hope. Katya Tarus’ fight against cancer started 25 years ago in post-Cold War Romania. Katya was the oldest of four young children, she was only in elementary

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314 Marathons…One Step at a Time

They say the first step of any journey is the hardest. In marathon running, each step, each mile builds on the one before. The marathon is one of the most grueling of competitions, and among the most revered. To say Carol Dellinger is a marathon runner is an understatement. She has completed 314 marathons, and

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Weathering the Storm…

It is a common question among cancer survivors: What happens after the storm? Sandy Evancho was diagnosed with HER-2 positive stage 2 breast cancer just before Thanksgiving 2017 – a diagnosis made in the early stages thanks to 3D mammography imaging. After getting the shocking diagnosis at 55 years old, the roller coaster ride began,

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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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