In May 2011, when Kimberly Schuetz was starting to plan her son Austin’s third birthday, he was diagnosed with a high-risk form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Austin was immediately placed on a chemotherapy regimen.
However, when a routine blood test revealed that he relapsed in October 2012, their only option was a bone marrow transplant to save his life. After that transplant, his cancer came back for the third time in May 2013.
At five years old, Austin had been dealing with le....
Ethan was just five years old when he was diagnosed with very high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The following years involved countless hospital visits, chemotherapy, bone marrow aspirates, lumbar punctures, steroids, and blood product transfusions.
Ethan’s sister, Sienna, was three years old when this journey began.
Back in January of 2016 I was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was 4 months pregnant at the time and it was decided to carry to term because Hodgkins is a slower spreading cancer. In May 2016 I had a healthy boy and 10 days later began my first of many chemo treatments. October 2016 was my last treatment and I was excited to get back to "normal" life. Then in February 2017 I felt something in my neck and knew it wasn't right. After a Pet scan confirmed cancer, I had a biop....
Jim and Leslie Donigan have been married for almost 50 years. Currently retired with three adult children, they have both faced a cancer diagnosis, but are in remission today.
In October of 2003, Leslie was diagnosed with a stomach cancer called GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors) and was told it was terminal. But then her doctor tried a medication intended for blood cancer—and it worked.
Gina was diagnosed in November 2016, with Stage II Hodgkins Lymphoma (nodular sclerosis). She had just started her second year at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where she studies Diagnostic Medical Imaging in the Sonography program which is an accelerated 3 year bachelor program. In addition to being a full time student, she works Friday evenings and 10 hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday at an Urgent Care Center.
Our family was in shock, somehow she took the di....
When my husband, NFL linebacker Elijah, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2005, shortly after retiring from the Oakland Raiders, we were stunned. Neither of us had ever heard of it.
Life with multiple myeloma became an instant roller coaster. As his caregiver I knew it was my job to learn as much as possible about what we were facing, while trying to keep things normal for our two young sons.