It was the worst of circumstances. A not-quite 28-year-old woman - newly relocated, unemployed, and uninsured - feels a small lump on her left breast.
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Profiles of Courage: Debbie Anderson's Breast Cancer Survivor Story
My name is Debbie Anderson, some may know me as an employee of Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, Others recognize me from church, a few may even know me from different events around Elko County, but for the most part this is the first time most people in Nevada will get to know me for I am no one special. I am just an ordinary person who lives an ordinary life.
Ashley L. doesn’t consider herself to be a survivor.
“I just shoved it away and disassociated from the entire experience,” she says of the CIN 3 diagnosis she received while in her fourth year at the University of Nevada, Reno. “I didn’t accept that I had cancer until the last two years, but I choose to honor the experience now.”
This is an excerpt from Reno Gazette-Journal published in May 2017. To read the full story, click the link at the end.
The boy approached Madeline Reese in the hallway at McQueen High School. He was sorry to read her mom’s latest post on Facebook.
“I don’t even know who you are,” thought Madeline, the oldest child of Emily Fay Reese.
But Madeline, 17, her sister Kate, 15, and her brother, Thomas 14, are used to it.
My name is Nancy G. I am a survivor of anal cancer, March 2015 at the age of 74.
I had been fighting an anal fissure for six months and was sent to a surgeon for surgery to correct the problem. I met with the surgeon and he confirmed I needed surgery and that he was 99% sure there was no cancer. Three weeks later I had surgery and I had cancer.
After chemo and radiation there is no evidence of cancer. I did not know much about cancer, but for my type of cancer there was only one type of treatment.
My name is Sharon Nagel. I am a survivor of two different cancers.
I was diagnosed with the first cancer in 1979 when I was 23 years old. One morning I awoke with an egg-sized lump in my neck that turned out to be thyroid cancer. I was a single mother of two children under 5 years old and had no insurance. After two surgeries and countless medical bills, I had to file bankruptcy because I was unable to work for almost a year.
June 4 is National Cancer Survivors Day, an opportunity to focus on celebrating the many cancer survivors, recognizing the abundance of life after cancer, and promoting quality of life for anyone diagnosed with cancer. We’re using the day to kick off a full month of posts and information about cancer survivorship, starting with LIVESTRONG at the Y.
First, Michael Wranick shares his LIVESTRONG at the Y story. Scroll down after Michael’s story to read more about the LIVESTRONG at the Y program.
My name is Katrina Morgan, and I'm a cancer survivor.
The last two years of my life have been the most scary and educational years I have had. I'm a firm believer that "God never gives us more then we can handle." So here it goes...