• Sandy Bottali-Breast Cancer Survivor

    My breast cancer story began in 2004. I was diagnosed with stage 1. I held my breath with every doctor’s visit and tumor marker blood test –  waiting for the next shoe to fall. It fell 7 years later – 2011 when my back pain proved to be bone metastasis. …
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  • Kendra Ekelund: Uterine Cancer Survivor

    I had just turned 31 when I was diagnosed with a rare form of uterine cancer: low-grade mullerian adenosarcoma. The road to my diagnosis was long and painful, as I suffered complications from persistent, painful and abnormal uterine fibroids. In the year and a half preceding my diagnosis, I had …
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  • Helen Palmquist: Ovarian cancer survivor

    I was diagnosed with Stage IIIc ovarian cancer the day after Memorial Day in 1987, 27 years ago. I was 41 then and I am 68 now. When I was diagnosed, our boys were 9 and 14. Now, John is 36 and Brian will soon be 42. There was no …
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  • Pat Bradt: Ovarian cancer survivor

    It was September 2009 and I just did not feel right. My husband said “You are not yourself.” My mother said “You look swollen and puffy.” I was having trouble sleeping, had lost my normally robust appetite and had gained 30 pounds seemingly overnight. Thankfully my primary physician listened to …
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