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

Charlene Curtis Cancer Warrior

Charlene Curtis: Paying Attention to the Symptoms

Charlene Curtis’ fight with cancer started in 2014, but health issues in 2013 led her to start paying closer attention to her health. Over the summer, she experienced some swelling and fatigue. In August, she had a scary episode where her heart felt like it was beating out of her chest. After a series of

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Being Their Peace…

As a society, our focal point is where it should be – on the person with cancer. But, as so many cancer warriors know, cancer is not a one person fight. It takes a community. As a community, we struggle to know how to help and what to say. We know we need to do

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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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