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Survivor Stories

Survivor Stories

As a cancer patient, survivor, or caregiver, you have a unique and important story to tell. Your story will provide hope and meaning to others in our cancer community across Nevada. By sharing your story, you serve as both a source of inspiration and a reminder to other survivors that they are not alone.

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Finding a Bright Spot as a young mother with cancer
06.07.2022
By Haley Pollack, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Bright Spot Network In November 2018, I had just returned to work from my parental leave.…
Becoming a 'Warrior', Part 3: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
06.01.2022
By Darcy Phillips This is part of an ongoing series featuring Darcy and her experience as an Evoke Warrior, training in a cancer rehabilitation…
Becoming a 'Warrior': Part 1
04.11.2022
By Darcy Phillips “I would not take back what I suffered to gain this.”~ Suleika Jaouad, Between Two Kingdoms As difficult as breast cancer…
People Are Worth Fighting For: Debbie Anderson's Story
08.26.2021
Profiles of Courage: Debbie Anderson's Breast Cancer Survivor Story My name is Debbie Anderson, some may know me as an employee of…
Elko School Nurse, Melanoma Survivor, Sun Safety Advocate
07.14.2021
By Christine Thompson, NCC Cancer Prevention Programs Manager There’s a lot to be said for following your gut instinct, especially when it comes…
Brigette's Story
06.01.2021
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…
Empowerment in Survivorship Through Self-Love
05.28.2021
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…
Two Diagnoses, Two Very Different Experiences
05.19.2021
My name is Sharon Nagel. I am a survivor of two different cancers. Sharon Nagel I was diagnosed with the first cancer in 1979 when I was 23…
Beverly's Story: Finding the Silver Lining
04.27.2021
I thought of cancer as a dark cloud over me, so I was determined to find the silver lining in it. I wanted to believe something beneficial could…
Deborah's Story
03.17.2021
It was a regular morning in April 2016.  I woke up and was getting ready for the day when my hand unexplainably went to my left breast.  I…
Natalie: A Survivor's Journey
02.12.2021
If you saw Natalie around town you would never know she is being treated for stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, yet her cancer journey has been such…
Colleen's Story
02.06.2021
THE MOMENT “Did you have a good practice”, I said to my son as he opened the door of our Big, (lots of kids equals gargantuan car) Yukon to get…