Survivor Stories

Are you a self-advocate? Share your story.

Elisa Shea, Ewing’s sarcoma survivor
My name is Elisa Shea, and I am a 23-year cancer survivor. In 1985, I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer. My treatment was typical of most childhood cancer patients. It included 18 months of chemotherapy, six weeks of radiation and three surgeries. Read More>>

Debbie Cook, breast cancer survivor
I am a two-time breast cancer survivor. Thirteen years ago, my doctor found a mass on my breast during a routine mammogram. Fortunately it was encapsulated, allowing me to have a lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation to eradicate the cancer and reduce the chances of recurrence. Read More>>

Danielle Duran Baron, liver cancer survivor
It took me nearly two years and 20 doctors to learn that I had liver cancer at the age of 28. With no risk factors, nothing could have been further from my mind – or my doctor’s – when I went for a medical workup prior to having a liposuction procedure. Read More>>

colleenColleen Hofmeister, breast cancer survivor
Since the day I was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in February 2007, I have been wrestling alligators. Not literally, of course, but figuratively as I step away from my family and friends to receive difficult treatments and tests, face harsh news and look deep into my soul. Read More>>

Cindy Weiler, colon cancer survivor
My life is a testament to the value of routine colonoscopies. When I turned 50, my physician urged me to have a baseline colonoscopy. I had spent my life taking good care of myself, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Read More>>

Brooke Hamilton, three-time melanoma survivor
As a teenager and young adult, I always felt more comfortable with people who were older than me. When I was diagnosed with my first early-stage melanoma at 18, I realized I had even more in common with older people. Read More>>

Anne Willis, Ewing’s sarcoma survivor
When I finished treatment for Ewing’s sarcoma at the age of 16, I just wanted to be a normal teenager again. On my last day of treatment my oncologist told me to come back in three months for a checkup. Read More>>