Survivor Stories


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

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

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

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Miss Mindy Sopher: Filled with Joy

The following blog was written by LuLu Black, a student of Miss Mindy Sopher at NC State University: Any student at NC State who has ever had the privilege of sitting in a class with Miss Mindy Sopher could tell you that she has an extraordinary way of generating positivity and connection. In one word, Miss Mindy

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Cheryl Leone: Finding the Joy

Every single day Cheryl Leone defies the odds. Science says she should not be here. Statistics say she should have left us 16-17 years ago. A decade and a half later, she is still here – still living with joy, still inspiring. Cheryl was diagnosed with stage IV vulvar cancer in 2005. She was given

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Finding Joy, Giving Hope…

Kay Yow said, “We have little or no control over what happens to us in life, but we have 100% control over how we will respond.” Kay Yow didn’t just say this, she lived it. DeAlva Carraway lives it too. DeAlva is now six and a half years post-cancer. She talks about her journey and

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A Reason for Hope…

Ashley is a stage IV, metastatic breast cancer survivor. She identifies as a survivor, earning it the hard way. Ashley is a walking embodiment of why research is important – and she knows it. It all started in 2010 with a stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis. The diagnosis led to a double mastectomy and chemotherapy.

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The Gift of Options…

We have come a long way in our discussion of cancer. Body parts, lumps, bumps, symptoms and side effects are all fair game. We discuss them openly, as we should. Our society has effectively exposed cancer for what it is – an insidious disease. And still, there are parts of cancer we don’t unpack. For

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Brittany Moye: When the nurse becomes the patient

As a nurse with UNC Health, Brittany Moye worked with sick and healing patients as part of her job. But, in 2018, after finding a lump in her breast, she was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer, which included three tumors and 10 cm of DCIS. Brittany had surgery to remove the cancer, and is

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Christine Johnson: Stage Zero is More Than it Seems

At 43, after having her second child, Christine Johnson went in for a routine mammogram. “They called me to tell me they found calcifications,” Johnson said. She went back in for a second mammogram and a biopsy. When the results came back in November 2018, Christine was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ — a

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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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